Putin about projects with Iran and Azerbaijan: we have alot to talk about

Monday, 8 August, 2016 - 16:00

Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran will continue to discuss new projects in the Caspian region, among them - in the energy and transport sectors.

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin stated this during a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev.

"Thank you for organizing the meeting in a trilateral format, it is also your initiative. And we really have something to talk about in this format. There may be new projects in the Caspian Sea, and in a broader context, mean, and transportation, and energy, and to diversify our trilateral trade and economic relations ", - said Putin.

Earlier it was reported that Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan agreed on cooperation in the field of transport and tourism.

More on this meeting from Katehon:

No less important is the political dimension of the summit. Russia and Iran have demonstrated a common position on major international issues, including Syria. Turkey's rapprochement with Russia offers a unique opportunity to create a powerful Eurasian political union. Azerbaijan cannot remain aloof from this forming unit which includes its main international partners and historically close countries. The rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow strengthens Baku’s position as an important interface between Moscow, Ankara and Tehran, as it is closely tied to all three countries (the historical experience of being a part of Russia, Shi'ism as its dominant religion, and a Turkic language).

Of particular importance is Iran’s participation in the resolution of the Karabakh conflict. On the one hand, Iran is close to Azerbaijan due to the Shi’ite religion of the majority of Azerbaijanis, while on the other hand it has always maintained good relations with Armenia. Thus, Russia, and Iran will try not to upset the balance of interests of Armenia and Azerbaijan in order to preserve peace in the region.