Boris Yeltsin

Former President of the Russian Federation

Heydar Aliyev, as an outstanding statesman, and a true national leader, earned the respect of the Azerbaijani people and the entire world community. It is delicate to estimate his contribution to the development and strengthening of friendly and partnership relations between Russia and Azerbaijan.

In Russia, you are known as a wise and influential statesman who has earned deep respect and fame in the international arena, and who personally made a great contribution to the strengthening and development of Russia-Azerbaijan friendly relations.

Your vast experience, political insight and wisdom of life, reputation, and most importantly, your countrymen’s support help you in the responsible position of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. It is gratifying that you pay immense attention to preserving and strengthening the traditionally friendly relations between our countries and peoples.

It is of great importance to me personally that I have known you closely for a long time as a constant and loyal friend of Russia, a staunch supporter of the strengthening of friendly relations between Russia and Azerbaijan.

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The news of the death of prominent statesman Heydar Alirza oglu Aliyev shocked me. All who knew this strong and courageous man will keep a bright memory of him in their hearts.