Telephone conversation with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev 2013-10-10 14:00:00 Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. Mr Putin warmly congratulated Ilham Aliyev on his election as President of Azerbaijan. The conversation took place at Russia’s initiative. Earlier, Vladimir Putin sent Ilham Aliyev a congratulatory message, in which he noted that Mr Aliyev’s convincing election victory bears witness to his high political authority and Azerbaijanis’ active support for his policies designed to further the country’s socioeconomic development and strengthen its international position. The President of Russia also expressed his commitment to continued joint efforts to further develop the Russian-Azerbaijani strategic partnership. He also stated his desire to expand mutually beneficial bilateral relations in all fields for the benefit of their nations, as well as stability and security in the South Caucasus.