Azerbaijian: “Azerbaijan-Russ ia relations turned from the p olicy of emotions into the po licy of long-term partnership”

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Tue Jul 1 16:16:12 UTC 2008

Chairman of State Duma Committee: "Azerbaijan-Russia relations turned
from the policy of emotions into the policy of long-term partnership"

[ 30 Jun 2008 16:38  ]

Baku. Lachin Sultanova–APA. "Russia-Azerbaijan relations passed to the
brand new level and are developing in the useful and pragmatic
direction", said Alexei Ostrovsky, Chairman of the Committee of
Russian State Duma on CIS and compatriots in his interview to the
Russian media on the upcoming official visit of the Russian President
Dmitriy Medvedev to Azerbaijan.

Reminding that 16 years have passed since the establishment of
diplomatic relations between Russia and Azerbaijan, Ostrovsky said the
relations turned from the policy of emotions into policy of long-term
partnership in this period. The parliamentarian touched upon the
economic relations between the two countries and noted that Russia
took the second place among the foreign trade partners of Azerbaijan
according to the statistics for 2007. Speaking about the humanitarian
cooperation, Ostrovsky said nearly 140 thousand Russians were living
in Azerbaijan currently. "The Russian language is educated and spread
in this country. A part of Azerbaijani young folk have opportunity to
receive education in Russia and to connect their future with the
Russian language". Ostrovsky also noted the narrowing of
Russian-information space in Azerbaijan and suspension of the
broadcasting of Russian TV channels in this country. The
parliamentarians said the negotiations were continued over this issue,
but the dialogue was not hopeful. The Committee Chairman said that
more than two million Azerbaijanis were living in Russia and called it
as an important factor of the social stability in Azerbaijan. "Because
money transfers from Russia to Azerbaijan is in a level to be compared
with the oil incomes".

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