Russian embassy awards Azerbaijani journalists (UPDATE 2)
Editor's note: ambassador's statement was added after seventh paragraph
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 20 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
The Russian Embassy has today awarded the Azerbaijani journalists for the preparation of high-professional materials about the Russian-Azerbaijani relations.
In his opening speech, Russian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Vladimir Dorokhin thanked the Azerbaijani journalists for the attention that they always paid to the topic of the Russian-Azerbaijani relations, events held at the Russian Embassy and Russia's policy in general.
He stressed the importance of journalists' professional approach, in which freedom of speech should primarily be based on respect for the facts and reality.
"I promise that such meetings will be traditional. It is important for us how Russia looks in the Azerbaijani press. Many of you write about Russia and do it well and professionally, respectfully and objectively," Dorokhin said.
During the event, fourteen Azerbaijani journalists have been awarded Diplomas for "The preparation of high-professional materials on the Russian-Azerbaijani relations in the Azerbaijani media", as well as incentive bonuses.
The event was attended by the leaders and journalists from leading media outlets of Azerbaijan.
"Relations with Azerbaijan are worthy for Russia and this year we are proud to look back on those agreements that were reached, for example, the border issues are fully addressed," Dorokhin said.
He said the demarcation process will begin after the parliaments of Azerbaijan and Russia ratify the relevant state agreement, which may occur in the first half of next year.
According to the ambassador, after that, the sides will work on the demarcation of borders and apply it to the area. The current year is momentous with many positive developments in Russian-Azerbaijani relations, said Dorokhin.
"Not every ambassador can receive the president of his country twice a year," Dorokhin said, noting that President Medvedev has visited Azerbaijan twice - within bilateral meetings and the summit of the Caspian countries.
According to the ambassador, the humanitarian forum, held in Baku in January, which brought together almost all of Russia's scientific and artistic elite, is also memorable.