Azerbaijan, Russia mull expansion of security co-op
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 12
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
Azerbaijan and Russia discussed the issues of expansion of security cooperation, the Public Relations Department of Azerbaijani Ministry of National Security said May 12.
Azerbaijan's National Security Minister, Colonel-General Eldar Mahmudov received the delegation led by the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev who is on a visit to Baku, the ministry said.
During the meeting, the minister talked about the current operational situation and the factors affecting it, as well as the work carried out in fighting various transnational organized crimes, terrorism and other topical issues.
Moreover, Mahmudov talked about the threat of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to the regional stability.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Patrushev, for his part, expressed gratitude to the Azerbaijani side for the hospitality and conditions created for discussing topical issues in ensuring security interests of the two countries.
He said that the cooperation between the relevant bodies of the two countries in ensuring regional and international security develops dynamically.
The sides also discussed the issues of mutual interest.
Edited by CN