MOSCOW, August 5. /TASS/. Russian-Azerbaijani relations have the strategic importance nature and their development is of special importance for maintaining peace and stability in the region, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview to the Azertac state news agency of Azerbaijan in the run-up to his visit to Baku on Friday.
"The relations between Russia and Azerbaijan are those of a strategic partnership," the Russian leader said, adding that "they are rooted in our long-standing traditions of friendship and good neighborliness, equality, respect for each other’s interests, common history and culture, and millions of lives that are closely intertwined."
"I am confident that the further progressive development of Russian-Azerbaijani relations is of special importance for ensuring regional stability and security, maintaining peace and mutual understanding in the South Caucasus and exercising the fundamental interests of our peoples," Putin said.
"All these factors provide a solid foundation for developing trust-based relations between the leaders, governments and parliaments of the two countries. Mutually beneficial cooperation in such areas as trade and the economy, investment, energy, the transport infrastructure, the automobile industry and health care has been expanding," the Russian president said.
According to him, "also noteworthy is the fact that cooperation between our regions has reached quite an advanced stage. Today, 17 constituent entities of the Russian Federation work together with their Azerbaijani partners to implement agreements on cooperation in trade and the economy, science and technology and culture. Besides, enterprises and companies from over 70 Russian regions are engaged in trade with your country."