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Russian president to pay one-day visit to Azerbaijan

August 13, 2013, 0:36 UTC+3

The Kremlin said that the bilateral cooperation in this sphere has been developing progressively

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MOSCOW, August 13 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday will pay a one-day working visit to Azerbaijan. In Baku the RF head of state will hold talks with his colleague Ilkham Aliyev. The parties are expected to sign half a dozen Russian-Azerbaijani documents.

“After the talks between the presidents, the bilateral documents’ signing ceremony will be held. The sides are to sign 5 to 6 agreements,” Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said. He did not specify the names of the documents, referring to the fact that they are at the stage of coordination. He only said that energy agreements may be signed.

The Kremlin said that the bilateral cooperation in this sphere has been developing progressively. In 2012, Azerbaijan delivered to Russia 1.55 billion cubic metres of natural gas. In the period from January to July this year Russia has purchased 0.88 billion cubic metres of gas. More than 500 Russian companies are represented in Azerbaijan.

The two countries’ cooperation in other spheres has also been successful. “Azerbaijan is traditionally one of the most important Russian partners in the CIS. The two countries’ interaction is characterised by an intensive political dialogue, active trade, interregional and cultural relations,” Ushakov noted.

According to him, the bilateral turnover has a stable growth trend: in 2012 it grew by 10.8 percent to 3.4 billion US dollars, and in the period from January to May this year - by 50 percent. “Russia is Azerbaijan’s leading foreign economic partner,” Ushakov emphasised.

He stated that the two countries are expanding inter-parliamentary cooperation, developing close cooperation through the Foreign Ministries, are strengthening interregional ties, at a good pace developing cooperation in the sphere of education. “At the talks the presidents will discuss issues of preparations for the Third Baku International Humanitarian Forum that will be held from October 31 to November 1,” Ushakov said.

“The presidents will also touch upon key issues of the international and regional agenda, the Caspian Sea legal status, as well as the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement,” he said.

Ships of the Caspian Flotilla will be in Baku on a friendly visit during the summit. It is not ruled out that the two states’ leaders will visit one of them.

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