The cooperation priorities for next years will be discussed during Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Azerbaijan. This visit must be regarded as an important step in determining the issues of mutual interest, Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Social and Political Department Chief Ali Hasanov told media on Thursday.
“Russia and Azerbaijan have a wide range of issues which are mutually discussed. The decisions are being made and implemented,” Hasanov said. He added that Azerbaijan expects much from Russia in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
“There is no other country in the world, which would have stronger influence to resolve this conflict. We make this statement, considering the approach to regional issues, the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, and existing pressure on Armenia. Russia’s influence on Armenia has no analogues in the world. It can send this country in the desired direction and direct it to constructivism in any issue. In this sense, we expect much from Russia. Russia makes the initiatives,” Hasanov noted.
“Putin and Medvedev have demonstrated efforts in this direction. We think that these efforts will be continued in the future, and this year we will observe serious progress,” Hasanov underscored.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will be on an official visit to Azerbaijan on April 3 – 4.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group – Russia, France and the U.S. – are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council’s four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
/ Trend M. Aliyev /