Russia favors Azerbaijan in the region
As the geopolitical situation in the world changes, the interest in the South Caucasus region is growing. In fact, the foreign policy pursued by Azerbaijan and the international projects implemented by this country have played an important role in the emergence of this interest. Our country has always favored the continuation of relations with neighboring countries. It is no coincidence that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is currently meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi to discuss various issues. The statements made by the two Presidents after the meeting is telling about the future development of the Azerbaijani-Russian relations.
Speaking to the Kaspi newspaper, political analyst Hikmat Mammadov said that the Russian-Azerbaijani relations are very important for the security of the region and the strategic interests of the two countries: "Therefore, the meeting of the Presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan is not solely the in the spotlight of the regional press but is also watched with great interest from the global media. The meeting, which took place in Sochi on July 21, has attracted more attention as it was not been planned in advance, and interesting issues were discussed there. If we try to evaluate the importance of this meeting from the point of view of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, we will see that a wide spectrum of discussions is covered. 'We discussed a number of regional issues in global terms and at the same time we talked about the relations between the two countries, the perspectives on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The conclusion is that there are many opportunities for joint activities in the development of relations between the two countries'- Putin remarked. In fact, these ideas show how great the importance of the meeting is, and what are the prospects for the relations between the two countries. "
H.Mammadov noted that there are very complicated events happening in the region as well as the world: "The high level of Russian-Azerbaijani relations is important not only from the point of view of the two countries' relations, but also from the point of view of the interests of all peoples of the region. Because Azerbaijan is the largest country in the region in terms of position and power and is Russia's partner in the South Caucasus. This is in terms of the mega projects implemented, as well as from the point of view of the intergovernmental economic potential. Therefore, the relations between the two countries act as the guarantor of security in the region as well as play a key role in determining the future of the region. And this lead us to understand how urgent and necessary the issues on the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is. Therefore, at this stage, one of the key factors determining the quality of these relations is the solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem. Russia is both a historical neighbor and one of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, as well as a country with good relations with occupying Armenia and Azerbaijan in the region, which can most realistically pressure Armenia. Undoubtedly, one of the important issues is reiterating the impossibility of maintaining the status quo in these debates. I think that this meeting of the two presidents is very important from the point of view of the future of relations ".
The MP stressed that in some cases the information also affects political processes: "Or there are attempts to influence the political processes with information. In recent days, various information on the Russian-Azerbaijani relations was expressed in the regional media outlets. It was found out that these ideas are actually put into circulation by the forces that do not want the Russian-Azerbaijani relations to be good. The Armenian lobby and Armenia are at the forefront of such forces. Because the good relations between Russia and Azerbaijan, first of all, is against Armenia's interests. Therefore, the high level meeting of the presidents of the two countries made it clear that these relations are not subject to the influence of the Armenian lobby in Russia. These are partnerships, strategically important relations between national and security interests of both countries. "
Chairman of the Great Establishment Party, MP Fazil Mustafa stressed that the Sochi meeting is of great importance for the development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Russia. According to him, Azerbaijan and Russia should try to solve a number of problems, in particular, the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict together: "It is important to hold talks to reduce the Russian support of Armenians. On the other hand, border problems are on the agenda and killing of infants by Armenian forces is problematic. When all of these overlap, factors causing serious discomfort occur. From this point of view, it is everyone's interest to find a solution to these issues between Azerbaijan and Russia. Therefore, I think the meeting of Sochi is useful, and probably, there will be positive results ".
The MP also added that there are problems with the Azerbaijanis living in Russia, as well as tourism and other issues: "These meetings are very beneficial for the solution of such issues."
Political scientist Fikret Sadikhov said that the format of strategic partnership between Russia and Azerbaijan exists and is constantly developing: "In this context, the meeting of Russian and Azerbaijani presidents serves the interests of both countries. Various issues were discussed at the meeting. First of all, the two countries discussed the further development of political, economic and humanitarian ties, joint implementation of a number of projects. I do not doubt that the Armenian-Azerbaijani, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been seriously discussed. In particular, they exchanged views on issues such as the killing of civilians in the background of provocations committed by Armenia. According to the press, the meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian Presidents is scheduled for autumn. It is very important that the Azerbaijani leader put forward the principal position and convey it to the Russian President such an opportunity. "
F. Sadikhov said that Armenians are very worried about the Sochi meeting of the presidents:"They understand that the Azerbaijani-Russian relations have an aspect of military and technical cooperation. This makes them very uncomfortable. We buy modern weapons from Russia and, of course, we will not keep those weapons in warehouses. These are weapons bought with a purpose of directing them against Armenians to free our lands. The Armenians also understand this very well.
At the meeting of the Presidents, the issues of restoration of the problems of the Russian Foreign Ministry's entry to the Armenian origin of citizens and the restoration of the activity of the All-Russian Azerbaijanis Congress were seriously discussed. Azerbaijan has resolutely states her position on these issues in front of the Russian President. "