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Lavrov in Baku to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh issue, Caspian problems

June 18, 2014, 10:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, June 18. /ITAR-TASS/. During his official visit to Baku on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will discuss the development of bilateral cooperation, the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement process, and Caspian Sea problems. Lavrov will hold talks with Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov. The program for the visit also provides for Lavrov's meeting with the Republic's President Ilkham Aliyev.

"The two foreign ministers are to discuss the key aspects of the regional and international agendas," the Russian Foreign Ministry official said.

"They will devote attention to the Caspian Sea problems in the context of preparation for the 4th Caspian Summit in Astrakhan. The agenda of the talks includes items concerning the Nagorno-Karabkh issue with emphasis on the need to unblock the situation taking shape and reach out to a specific accord," the ministry official pointed out.

"Azerbaijan is our important strategic partner in the Transcaucasus and in the Caspian Sea area," the Foreign Ministry official emphasized, pointing out that Moscow builds relations with Baku "on the basis of equality, respect for the interests of each other, and goodneighborliness" and highly appreciates "the consistent policy line of the Azerbaijani leadership towards deepening mutually beneficial cooperation with Russia".

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