Maria Zakharova: Russia can only welcome Azerbaijan-Iran normalization

Maria Novoselova / Vestnik Kavkaza

Russia welcomes the normalization of relations between Azerbaijan and Iran, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in response to a question from Vestnik Kavkaza.

“The normalization of Azerbaijani-Iranian relations can only be welcomed. I am confident that this will have an overall positive effect on the situation in the South Caucasus and the Caspian Sea region,” she emphasized.

Assessing the impact of constructive relations between Baku and Tehran on the implementation of regional projects, the diplomat drew attention to the great potential in the development of such projects between the countries of the South Caucasus and their neighbors.

“This logic is particularly embedded in our work on the expansion of the North-South international transport corridor,” Maria Zakharova pointed out.

The Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesperson noted that Russia is committed to continue close cooperation with both Azerbaijan and Iran, including within the framework of the Russia-Azerbaijan-Iran dialogue format and the 3+3 consultative regional platform.

“We are convinced that the regional players themselves should seek solutions to existing challenges and problems, without external interference. There is a corresponding positive track-record, and we should rely on it,” Maria Zakharova concluded.

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