We are very pleased with the development dynamics of our bilateral relations, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said during the meeting with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Trend reports.
"First of all, thank you for the invitation. I am delighted to see you again. We have had a very active dialogue this year – we both met and often talked on the phone. We are very pleased with the development dynamics of our bilateral relations. But first of all, I would like to express my condolences to you in connection with the tragedy at the coal mine in Kemerovo region. Unfortunately, many people have died. I sent you a telegram yesterday. Today, on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan, I once again offer my condolences to you and all the people of Russia.
We have resolved many issues in a bilateral format, and today we characterize our relations as those of strategic partners. This is not just a phrase, it really is the case, and we intend to raise the level of our relations in all directions. As you mentioned, the trade turnover is growing. There is a strong mutual interest in economic cooperation, including cooperation between business circles. Of course, we are happy that our relationship covers many areas. At present, we are implementing seven roadmaps related to most areas of the economy, transport and humanitarian cooperation," the head of state said.