Baku/Moscow, 28 September 2022 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramov had a telephonic conversation with the Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov.

The ministers spoke about regional developments, especially problems with the implementation of tripartite statements.

Both sides expressed views on current issues of the cooperation agenda between them. They also discussed other matters of mutual interest, during the telephone discussion.

Russia in Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict

After violence broke out on the border between the two nations this week, bringing a long-running conflict to the verge of rekindling, Russia asserted that it had mediated a cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Through the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization, Russia has a significant role in the region’s politics and is an ally of Armenia.

“We call on the parties to refrain from further escalation of the situation, exercise restraint, and strictly observe the ceasefire in accordance with the trilateral statements of the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia of November 9, 2020, January 11, and November 26, 2021,” a Russian foreign ministry statement said.

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Russia and Azerbaijan relations

Russia has an embassy in Baku, as well as Azerbaijan has a consulate general in Saint Petersburg. Additionally, Azerbaijan declared that it would establish a new general consulate in Yekaterinburg.

In addition to the significant Russian diaspora in Azerbaijan, which is the largest Russian diaspora in the area, there are more than 500,000 Azeris living in Russia.

Although there are many points of contention, such as the legal status of the Caspian Sea, the South Ossetian-Abkhazian conflict, and the first Nagorno-Karabakh War, relations between the two nations are still good.

Russia is one of Azerbaijan’s main suppliers of arms. “As of today, military and technical cooperation with Russia is measured at $4 billion and it tends to grow further,” President Ilham Aliyev said after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Baku in 2013.