On August 8, the defense minister of Azerbaijan, colonel-general Safar Abiyev received the new Russian ambassador to Azerbaijan Vasili Istratov, Trend reports with reference to the press-service of the Defense Ministry.
During the meeting taking a familiarization character, Istratov noted that he feels a great satisfaction with his new position. Besides, he voiced his confidence that the Russian-Azerbaijani relations will develop in the future. We will continue the military cooperation with Azerbaijan, Istratov said.
Abiyev noted that Azerbaijan will continue to cooperate with Russia in many spheres, including military. Russia is our historical neighbor. We should keep and develop the good-neighborhood relations, the minister emphasized.
Touching on the Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict, Abiyev ruled out that Azerbaijan desires the increase of the activities of Russia as a co-chair country of OSCE Minsk Group.