Russian deputy PM holds bilateral meetings with Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders

Yesterday (24 November), the deputy prime minister of Russia, Alexei Overchuk, held separate meetings with the leaders of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan.

A statement by the office of the prime minister of Armenia says that the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Andrey Rudenko, and the deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Mher Grigoryan, were also in attendance. It adds that the sides discussed issues relating to the agenda of bilateral cooperation, and the activities of the trilateral working group of the deputy prime ministers of Armenia, Russia and Azerbaijan. They also reportedly touched upon “the prospects of restoration of transport communications in the South Caucasus region, the further course of the work carried out within the framework of the January 11 statement of the Prime Minister of Armenia, the President of Russia and the President of Azerbaijan”.

According to the Azerbaijani readout, the economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Russia was discussed, including Russian companies’ “great interest in Azerbaijan”, and the beginning of the negotiations between Azerbaijani and Russian business circles. Additionally, they exchanged views “on the activities, as well as future plans of the trilateral commission chaired by the deputy prime ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia”, noting that “the soonest opening of transport communications between Azerbaijan and Armenia would contribute to stability and economic development in the region”. The duo “expressed their confidence that the Azerbaijani-Russian relations would continue to develop successfully in various fields”.

source: with agencies
photo: Alexei Overchuk; Wikipedia commons