Baku, 1 March 2023 (TDI): Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry announced that the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramov met with the Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov in Baku, on Tuesday.

The two Foreign Ministers had constructive conversations about bilateral cooperation between their countries in numerous domains and the need for post-conflict normalization in the region.

Both officials stressed overcoming obstacles and hostile attempts that undermine regional peace and stability during the conference.

During the discussion, Minister Bayramov stressed the significance of strengthening economic, energy, tourist, educational, and cultural connections.

They reviewed methods for improving economic cooperation and encouraging investment in critical industries for the region’s long-term growth.

The conversation also focused on the region’s post-conflict scenario in the aftermath of the recent conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh.

They pledged to implement the November 2020 peace agreement and resolve the issue peacefully. The Ministers also stressed the need for Azerbaijan-Russia communication and collaboration to maintain regional peace and tranquility.

Minister Bayramov reviewed ongoing measures to secure the safe return of displaced people and infrastructure rebuilding in conflict-affected areas. Both agreed on the importance of continuing international support in post-conflict reconstruction efforts.

Russian Foreign Minister underlined the importance of integrity, equality, and mutual respect in collaboration. The two countries agreed to discuss their differences honestly and resolved to find solutions based on mutual respect and consideration.

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Sergey appreciated the consultative 3+3 regional platform framework, consisting of three South Caucasus countries plus Russia, Turkey, and Iran. He invited lawmakers, specialists, and clerics to participate in the initiatives.

The Foreign Minister stressed the importance of establishing lasting peace and putting in place conditions to help all countries move forward. He also highlighted outsiders’ potential to harm the region.

Both Foreign Ministers expressed their satisfaction with their countries’ current level of cooperation and determination to develop and extend it.

Purpose of visit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Baku to commemorate the first anniversary of signing the Declaration on Ally Cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan.

The visit intended to expand the two countries’ partnership and develop practical measures to improve collaboration.

During his visit, Sergey met with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and members of the political science community, notably the Russia-Azerbaijan Expert Council.

The visit underlined Russia and Azerbaijan’s strong alliance and determination to work together towards common goals.

It also highlighted the opportunity for continued cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan in several fields, including trade and energy projects and expanding the North-South international transport corridor.