Azerbaijan today, 28 May, marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic.
At a ceremony in Baku the President of Azerbaijan layed a wreath at the monument commemorating the establishment of the first republic.
Celebrations have been taking place also in Georgia and Armenia as all three countries mark the establishment of their modern statehood in May 1918, Georgia being declared a republic on 26 May and Armenia and Azerbaijan on 28 May.
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Earlier in the day Putin made a shorty private visit to Austria, where he attended the wedding of the Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneisl, and held what was described by the Kremlin as "a brief conversation" with the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.
Addressing Armenia's foreign policy Nikol Pashinyan said he wanted a qualitative improvement in the relations with Russia and to improve relations with the EU. To those who are saying Armenia is going to the west, Pashinyan said, "Armenia is going nowhere. It is just standing on its feet"