BAKU, August 13 (Itar-Tass) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart from Azerbaijan Ilkham Aliyev are pleased with the development of bilateral relations, including record high trade volume and diversification of international ties.
"Indeed, relations between our countries are developing quite successfully. Despite the difficult situation of the global economy, our trade volume grew by 47 percent last year; it's a record figure for us," Putin said during a one-on-one meeting with Aliyev on Tuesday.
“Russia is one of the leaders in trade and economic ties with Azerbaijan,” Russian president noted. “Trade volume is growing, and what is especially pleasing, its structure is rather good, both on Azerbaijan’s and Russia’s parts.”
Putin noted that the two countries are maintaining relations in various areas. “We can safely say that these relations have a diversified character,” he said.
Azerbaijan's leader expressed confidence that Putin's visit would give an additional impulse to bilateral relations.
"Our relations are developing very dynamically, positively and successfully. They are spread across many fields, and today we have an opportunity to discuss bilateral agenda and regional issues," Aliyev said.
"/We have/ achieved good economic results, which are better than we anticipated as well as good results and prospects regardinghumanitarian issues. In other words, relations are developing quite successfully; your visit will mark a milestone in the development of our relations. I'm sure positive dynamics will continue," he stated.
Putin touched up initiatives aimed at developing the humanitarian coperation. "I know there are also your personal initiatives among them. We'll discuss them today. "I'm confident our meeting today will help develop relations. A large team arrived together with me together with the ministers in the key cooperation areas, so the work will be substantive, large, interesting and very useful," Putin said.