The relations between Moscow and Baku are complicated.
Azerbaijan wants to continue to modernize its army with the help of Russian weapons. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said after Saturday's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, the DPA reported. The report recalled that Azerbaijan had already purchased five billion dollars of military equipment from Russia (4.3 billion euros).
Putin and Aliyev agreed to further strengthen the economic relations of their country, according to the Russian news agency. Both parties also signed several intergovernmental agreements and commercial contracts on this occasion.
Request for assistance with the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict
The relations between Moscow and Baku are complicated. The Caucasian state of the Caspian Sea can lead a political independent of Russia thanks to its energy resources, says DPA, which supplies natural gas and oil to the West with a big neighbor.
Aliyev, however, has asked Russia for help in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which Putin has promised. This region is part of Azerbaijan's international law, but is controlled by Armenian troops alongside neighboring Azerbaijani areas. Russia is a close ally of Armenia, supplies arms on both sides and simultaneously acts as a mediator in attempts to end the conflict.