Andrey Yatskin addressed a meeting of the Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan dedicated to the centenary of Heydar Aliyev

First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council made a working visit to Azerbaijan.

First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Andrey Yatskin took part in a special meeting of the Milli Majlis dedicated to the centenary of Heydar Aliyev during his working visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan. The event was chaired by Speaker of the Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan Sahiba Gafarova.

The senator read out the greetings from Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko to the participants of the event. “On behalf of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation I congratulate you on the centenary of Heydar Aliyev, a major date for the Republic of Azerbaijan. His formidable character, unbending will, strong convictions and determination made him a true leader, who was not afraid of taking responsibility for the decisions he made. After all, the ability to take responsibility for one's words and actions is the highest expression of political maturity.

In today's world, the main causes of conflict and discord are a lack of understanding, an unwillingness to listen to a different point of view and to engage in dialogue on an equal footing. It would be no exaggeration to say that the world is in dire need of real professionals, truly wise and insightful politicians, such as Heydar Aliyev was,” the Federation Council Speaker said in her greeting.

Andrey Yatskin and Sahiba Gafarova held a meeting on the sidelines. The senator said that relations between Russia and Azerbaijan were on the rise. He said the high level of mutual trust and understanding between Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev created favourable conditions for progress in all spheres of interstate cooperation.

According to the First Deputy Speaker, many important bilateral events and cultural gatherings were held in Russia on the occasion of the centenary of Heydar Aliyev. For instance, a stamp redemption ceremony, thematic exhibitions at the Federation Council and the State Duma, events in Astrakhan, which has a tradition of upholding interregional relations with Azerbaijan. The centenary is also celebrated in Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk, Kurgan and other Russian cities.

Andrey Yatskin also met with Ali Huseynli, First Deputy Chair of the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan. They discussed development of interparliamentary relations and topical issues of cooperation between the two countries.

“We highly value the warm relations established between the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan. We note with satisfaction the work of the Interparliamentary Commission on Cooperation between the Federal Assembly and the Milli Majlis. The next meeting of the commission is scheduled to be held in Moscow in July,” the senator said.

During his visit to Baku, First Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council visited the Alley of Honor, where he took part in the ceremony of laying wreaths at the tomb of Heydar Aliyev.

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