Russian president Vladimir Putin on Thursday (27 September) payed a short visit to Baku.
The Russian leader attended the World Judo Championships, addressed a meeting of the Russia-Azerbaijan Inter-regional Forum, and had a one to one meeting with the Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev.
"For us, Russia is a very important and valuable partner, a friend, a neighbour with whom we have the highest level of relations. I think that in the coming years we will follow the path of building up our cooperation, creating even better conditions for the business structures of our countries and strengthening cooperation in all areas", said the Azerbaijani president before the meeting.
The German Chancellor joined the Turkish president on Friday morning for the official opening of the new German-Turkish University in Istanbul. The two leaders were expected to hold talks later on a range of regional and international issues.
Answering in parliament to a question by MP Sos Avetisyan, Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said that Armenia has no desire to avoid meetings with the Azerbaijani side