President Ilham Aliyev meets with President of Russia Vladimir Putin in Samarkand [PHOTOVIDEO] - Gallery Image

President Ilham Aliyev met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Samarkand [PHOTOVIDEO]

On September 16, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev met with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in Samarkand, Azernews reports citing AZERTAC.

Speaking at the meeting, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin said:

– Dear Ilham Heydar oglu, I am very glad to see you – this time on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the summit of this organization.

We have already talked many times today, exchanging views on the work of the organization itself, bilateral relations, as well as on the situation in the region.

As for bilateral relations, they are developing. In fact, they are developing very successfully, of course. Trade and investment volumes are also growing. Cooperation is carried out through various ministries, departments and parliaments.

Of course, we are all very concerned about the aggravation of the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border today. We were talking about it. As you know, I informed you about this, I spoke with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan last night. It is good that a coordinated effort has finally managed to stop the escalation, but as far as I understand, it still remains tense.

I am very glad to have the opportunity to see you and talk about all these issues, because they are all important.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said:

– Thank you, Vladimir Vladimirovich, I am very pleased with our new meeting.

Less than three months have passed since our last meeting, but we have been in constant contact all this time, talking on the phone. We are also seeing very positive dynamics in bilateral relations.

After the signing of the Declaration on Allied Interaction, important documents were signed in other areas as well. In general, as you noted, we are seeing an increase in cargo turnover and volumes of cargo transportation. In addition, now we intend to fully utilize our transit capabilities. So the results are clear. I am confident that we will finish this year with good results in all areas.

I also want to express my gratitude to you for your prompt response to the aggravation and escalation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. The clashes lasted less than eight hours and have now ceased – although the Armenian side did not immediately begin to implement the ceasefire. In general, the ceasefire regime is observed for about two days. Border conflicts happen, but the main thing is that we managed to stabilize the situation and introduce peaceful conditions.

According to the information that I am now receiving from the ground, as I said, the situation has been stable for about two days now. The main thing now is not to disrupt the process of normalization of relations that has begun, but to start moving in this direction. We welcome Russia’s efforts in this direction, including those undertaken within the framework of a tripartite commission at the level of deputy prime ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia for transport communications, as part of the delimitation process, as well as plans to start negotiations on a peace agreement. Of course, we will discuss this in detail.

I want to say again that Azerbaijan is committed to the trilateral documents that were signed by Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia after the second Karabakh war, and we will do everything to ensure that the situation in the Caucasus is stable.

President Vladimir Putin: Thanks a lot.

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