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Mikhail Mishustin: Mr Aliyev, I am delighted to welcome you here. I suggest that we focus on key strategic matters in light of the Declaration on Allied Interaction between Russia and Azerbaijan, which you and Vladimir Putin signed today. This is an essential document. It elevates our friendly and neighbourly relations to a whole new level. Let me reassure you that the Government of the Russian Federation will do everything to fulfil its provisions.

Russia is sincere in its commitment to the friendship with our partners in Azerbaijan. This friendship is rooted in the solid ties between our brotherly nations. This year, we are marking the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations, but the history of our neighbourly relations dates back centuries. It is critical that despite the pandemic we reinforce our trade and economic cooperation. As you have already discussed it with the President, trade increased 16 percent compared to 2020 to $3.3 billion. More than 1,000 companies with Russian capital work in Azerbaijan, and there are many joint projects in energy, machine building, and transport. There is also great potential for cooperation in agriculture, infrastructure development, renewable energy, and the digital economy. Our intergovernmental commission is proactively working on these matters, co-chaired on the Russian side by Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk.

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