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Representative of Russia's Foreign Ministry: Azerbaijan is Russia's strategic partner in the South Caucasus

  • Friday, June 6, 12:17

Azerbaijan is Russia's strategic partner in the South Caucasus, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said at today's press briefing in  Moscow. 

Lukashevich said Russian FM Sergey Lavrov will pay a visit to  Azerbaijan on June 17-18, adding that this is already the fourth  meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers during the current  year: "Azerbaijan is our strategic partner in the South Caucasus. In  2013, the trade turnover between the two countries made $3,5bln.  Compared to 2012, the trade turnover has increased by 4 percent.  Russia's export made approximately $3 bln, while the import made  $640mln. Over 500 Russian companies are operating in Azerbaijan".

Lukashevich also said preparations for the 16th meeting of the  Russia-Azerbaijan Intergovernmental Commission on economic  cooperation are underway. 

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