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Meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev

October 12, 2023, Bishkek

Vladimir Putin had a meeting with President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.

The Russian side was represented by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Deputy Prime Minister and Russian Co-Chair of the Russian-Azerbaijani Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation Alexei Overchuk, Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov, Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov, and Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin. The Azerbaijani side was represented by Deputy Prime Minister Shahin Mustafayev, Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov, Presidential Aide Hikmet Hajiyev, Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov, and Economic Minister Mikayil Jabbarov.

On October 13, Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev will take part in a meeting of the Council of  CIS Heads of State in Bishkek.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Aliyev,

I am very happy to see you. Last time we were speaking on the phone.

Of course, the number one issue is the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, let us be direct. However, we also have another agenda, which is quite extensive.

I suggest structuring our work the following way: let us perhaps begin with the second part and give the floor to our colleagues, and then, when we are face to face, we will discuss the full spectrum, including sensitive issues.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev: Thank you, Mr Putin.

I am glad to see you again.

As you have noted, we had a talk recently, and it is gratifying that you found time for a meeting during your state visit to Kyrgyzstan.

In fact, there are many issues, and I think that your proposal is quite reasonable: my colleagues and I will talk about the bilateral agenda, especially since we have plenty to talk about. This year’s results are very impressive in terms of trade, industrial cooperation, and cooperation in the transport sector: there are a lot of new projects. And then we will go over to regional and security issues.

Thanks again for the meeting.


October 12, 2023, Bishkek