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Could Vladimir Putin’s Visit to Azerbaijan Shift the Regional Balance of Power?

President of Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin are attending Azerbaijan - Russia Interregional Forum in Baku (Photo Credit: Azertag News Agency)
President of Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin are attending Azerbaijan – Russia Interregional Forum in Baku (Photo Credit: Azertag News Agency)
Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 15 Issue: 144

Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a surprise official visit to Azerbaijan, on September 27. The formal reason for his arrival was to hold talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev as well as to jointly attend the Ninth Interregional Russia-Azerbaijan Forum (Kremlin.ru, September 27; AzerNews, September 28). Local mass media in both Azerbaijan and Russia described Putin’s visit as a next significant step in improving the strategic partnership between the two countries (AzerNews, September 26).

Prior to sitting down together in Baku, the last time the two leaders spoke face-to-face was in Sochi, Russia, on September 1 (AzerNews, September 1). During that meeting, Putin and Aliyev signed several documents encompassing the economy, agriculture, tourism, and the defense sector. The most significant outcome of their talks was indeed a new $5 billion arms deal to purchase Russian-made weaponry. Moreover, President Aliyev stated that the number of bilateral military agreements will increase in the near future (Izvestia, September 3).  Oxumağa davam et Could Vladimir Putin’s Visit to Azerbaijan Shift the Regional Balance of Power?