The Azerbaijan-Russia relations are in a positive trend, Sergey Markov, Russian president’s confidant, member of the Russian Public Chamber, said at a press conference in Baku on September 30.
"Azerbaijan and Russia effectively cooperate in the field of security," Markov added.
He said the visits of Russian President Vladimir Putin and other Russian politicians to Baku focused on cooperation between the two countries in various fields, including energy.
“Russia and Azerbaijan must do their best for energy supplies to the EU not to compete, but to get revenues,” he said. “For this purpose, it is necessary to coordinate Baku’s and Moscow’s actions on the hydrocarbon prices and cooperate with Turkey as the main transit country.”
The expert said the cooperation in military-technical sector is also important in strengthening relations between the two countries.
"The Russian systems are the first-class ones, moreover, they are cheaper than the US analogues," Markov added.
He said that another important direction of cooperation is the work to determine the status of the Caspian Sea, on which the two countries have similar positions.
“The North-South project is also important for the two countries,” Markov said. “Such a safe transport corridor will bring multi-billion profits to both countries.”
“The issue of respect to the sovereignty of both countries is also very important,” Markov said.
“Russia recognizes Azerbaijan’s sovereign right to independently resolve the issues of power separation,” Markov said, adding Azerbaijan’s recent referendum was devoted to this issue.
He said the 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum was a good platform for discussing the modern challenges and problems.
The problem of refugees, which is acute for Europe today, was also discussed at the humanitarian forum, Markov said.
Daria Grevtsova, deputy director of the Russian Institute of Political Research, said that new topics, in particular, information sharing problems, journalism, were put up for discussion at the forum, held in Baku Sept. 30.
“Multiculturalism was the widest topic at the forum,” she said.
“It is important that the number of young participants of the forum has increased,” Grevtsova added. “Azerbaijan can be cited as an example of multiculturalism.”
The Baku International Humanitarian Forum is an annual platform for famous representatives of political, science and culture elite of the world community, including famous statesmen, Nobel Prize winners in various fields of science and leaders of influential international organizations for holding dialogues, discussions and exchange of views on a wide range of global issues in the interests of all humanity.
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