A reception in honor of the participants of the 5th World Congress of Russian Press was given by the government of Azerbaijan on September 20 in the Gulistan Palace in Baku.

Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and spouse of the President of the Russian Federation Ludmila Putina made speeches at the reception:


Dear participants of the congress,

Dear Ludmila Alexandrovna,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Let me greet you on behalf of the government of the Republic of Azerbaijan your visit to Azerbaijan. We are happy that the spouse of President of the Russian Federation, good friend of Azerbaijan and Azerbaijani people Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has arrived in Baku. It shows friendly, fraternal character of the relations between our countries.

A strong impulse to the relations was given by official visit of the President of Russia Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin to Azerbaijan, his negotiations and meeting with President Heydar Aliyevich Aliyev. Their friendship, mutual understanding, deep personal sympathy determined the speedy development of relations between our countries during the recent three years. I hope that the relations between our countries will be further developing.

Yesterday and the day before, I was in Yalta at the CIS member-states Summit and had an honor to be personally received by President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. We had a very good, constructive meeting; we re-confirmed that our countries are stuck to the further deepening of the relations. Taking this opportunity, I would like to express gratitude to Vladimir Vladimirovich for warm and good attitude towards me.

I was taking part in such kind of meetings for the first time, and naturally, his warmness, support and good words played an important role in a successful completion of the Summit as well as in our relationships.

Besides, I would like to greet today the participants of the World Congress of Russian Press. Azerbaijan has been chosen an honor as the place for holding this congress. I do not think it is accidental. The attitude towards the Russian language, Russian culture, press shown in Azerbaijan, I believe, should be an example of careful attitude to our past, preservation and strengthening of our good relations, and ties.

Today, at the friendly meeting with our guests, representatives of different countries, promoting the Russian Press in the world, I said the number of issues in Russian after Azerbaijan gained independence has not decreased, but increased. It proved once more the strategic course of our President Heydar Aliyevich Aliyev to closer integration between our countries, We must preserve and multiply everything goods that unites our nations and our countries.

I want to offer a toast to our countries, to Russia and Azerbaijan, to their past, present and future. I am sure, that it is in interests of our courtiers to strengthen and develop our relations in all directions.

On behalf of the government of Azerbaijan, I can assure you that we will do our best for development, strengthening of our relations so that they could bring use to our countries and our nations. To you!

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