BAKU: Azerbaijan, Russia: coop of DMs discussed

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan State Info Agency
April 30 2004

[April 30, 2004, 23:30:50]

Defense minister of Azerbaijan Republic colonel-general Safar Abiyev
met with the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Azerbaijan
Nikolay Ryabov and military attaché, counter-admiral Vladimir
Lomakin, 30 April.

Ambassador N. Ryabov presented the newly appointed military attaché
of Russia in Azerbaijan V. Lomakin and the former attaché Yuri

Colonel-general Safar Abiyev noted that the Russian-Azerbaijan
relations base on historical traditions and we always try to preserve
these ties. National leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev always highly
assessed these relations and today President Ilham Aliyev
successfully continues this line. Traditional links between the
defense departments are also high level. Functioning of the Russian
Federation military attaché in Azerbaijan is evidence to that. WE
shall also open our military attaché in Russia shortly.

Touching upon the unsolved Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh
conflict, the Minister said that Russia has great opportunity for
settlement of the problem and Azerbaijan expects efficient efforts
from Russia as one of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair.

We want the conflict to be solved in the frame of international legal
norms shortly and satisfy both sides, Ambassador Nikolay Ryabov

Then, he informed on the arrangements on the occasion of 59th
anniversary of victory over the German fascism in the Great Patriotic
War in 1941-1945s.

Parties had comprehensive exchange of views on development prospects
of cooperation between the defense ministers and Azerbaijan and
Russia, as well as on the military-political situation in the South