Azerbaijan Intends to Maintain the Russian language’s Positions

25 April 2023

Deputy Minister of Science and Education of Azerbaijan Idris Isayev claimed the intention to cooperate with Russia in the field of education, as well as to maintain the position of the Russian language in the republic. He stated this at yesterday’s meeting in Astrakhan, where a round table was held dedicated to the contribution of Azerbaijani leader Heydar Aliyev to the development of cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Azerbaijan.

“We have about 329 schools in Azerbaijan teaching in Russian. The number of students in them is 160 thousand people. There are 16,000 students studying in the Russian departments of universities. I think that we will continue this trend, because the Russian language is the language of communication, learning, the language of experience exchange,” said Idris Isaev.

The Deputy Minister also emphasized the willingness of the Azerbaijani side to cooperate with Russian universities. At the moment, the issue of teachers exchange between countries with Astrakhan State University is being considered.

“We discussed some areas of cooperation with the Minister of Education and Science of the Astrakhan Region. I think that we will get mutual benefit from this,” Isaev added.

“Azerbaijan is a close neighbor of the Astrakhan region. Our relations are friendly, partnerlike, strategic,” said the rector of the V.N. Tatishchev Astrakhan State University Konstantin Markelov during a conversation with Astrakhan representatives.

Egor Ugarov, Minister of Education and Science of the Astrakhan region, spoke at the round table and noted that cooperation between the Astrakhan region and the Republic of Azerbaijan in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage is becoming the basis for the upbringing and education of modern youth. He invited the representatives of Azerbaijan to visit the scientific and educational forum “Caspian 2023: Ways of Sustainable Development” and other international events to be held in Astrakhan in 2023.

Earlier, at a press conference on February 22, 2022, dedicated to the development of Russian-Azerbaijani relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia “is grateful to the Azerbaijani leadership for supporting and promoting the Russian language and culture in the republic.”

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