Putin, Aliyev discuss Karabakh issue in Sochi

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin met with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev at the Sochi residence, the Kremlin reports.

The two presidents discussed issues of mutual interest, including regional issues and the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh.

Vladimir Putin suggested talking about the long-standing issues related to the Karabakh settlement.

Ilham Aliyev, in his turn, said ‘they have seen a positive trend in the development of our relations, stable and long-term growth. We value this a great deal and see Russia as one of our key partners in the international arena.’

“Our cooperation extends to a wide range of areas: in addition to political interaction, we have seen good results in the economic sector. Trade is thriving; we have seen growth last year and this year. The structure of trade has improved and mutual investments have reached significant levels. Naturally, this gives a new dynamic to our relationship,” the Kremlin reports.

Aliyev added that they view Russia as one of their key partners in the international arena and ‘are determined to build up the potential of cooperation.’

“Naturally, the issues of regional security and stability are always on our agenda. We will also discuss the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which has lasted far too long and needs to be addressed,” said Aliyev.