Russian, Azeri Leaders to Meet for Talks on Cooperation, Karabakh

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Azeri President Ilham Aliyev (L) shakes hands with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev (R).

MOSCOW (Rio Novosti)–Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev will discuss bilateral cooperation and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at a meeting in Ulyanovsk in the Volga Region on Tuesday.

Aliyev will pay a working visit to Russia on an invitation from Medvedev.

“The meeting between Dmitry Medvedev and Ilham Aliyev will become a continuation of the rich Russian-Azerbaijani political dialogue. This year, the heads of state have repeatedly met in various formats,” a Kremlin source said prior to the meeting.

Russian-Azerbaijani trade and economic relations have been developing successfully, with trade in the first nine months of 2009 reaching $1.26 billion, and Russian exports exceeding $1 billion.

The source said Aliyev’s visit to Russia in April and Medvedev’s visit to Azerbaijan in June were important.

Medvedev and Aliyev are also expected to discuss energy issues.

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