On July 7, the Russian ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Azerbaijan Vasili Istratov announced after the meeting with the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov that he will go to Azerbaijan with serious intentions to do everything what depends on him to further develop the relations between Azerbaijan and Russia, special correspondent of Trend in Moscow reports.
I am sure that there is a great potential for the future development of the relations which have already reached a high level, Istratov noted.
According to the Russian ambassador, after arriving in Azerbaijan, he will present the credential to Azerbaijani president, and then, meet with Azerbaijanis and Russian compatriots living in Azerbaijan and actively assist in developing the relations in all directions. Besides, he expressed his gratitude to Azerbaijani ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbul oglu for familiarizing him with the life of Azerbaijanis in Moscow.
Polad Bulbul oglu ruled out that he has already discussed with the new Russian ambassador several problems facing them. Undoubtedly, when two embassies and ambassador closely cooperate, it will accelerate the solution of many questions, Bulgul oglu told.
He wished great successes to Istratov in his hew position, noting that his diplomatic experience will allow to raise the level of bilateral relations.
Vasili Istratov has graduated from the historical department of Moscow State University named after Lomonosov in 1977. Up to 1991, he taught the British history in the historical department of Moscow State University. Then, in 1991 he came to the Foreign Ministry. In 1996, he became the director of the North-American Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.