'It was Heydar Aliyev who laid a foundation of regular gatherings between Russian and Azerbaijani media representatives,' said first Deputy Director General of TASS news agency Mikhail Gusman at a roundtable meeting on 'Russia-Azerbaijan: current issues of media cooperation. According to Gusman, this format of dialogue between the media outlets of both countries was proposed during the official visit of Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev to Russia in February last year, at the meeting with heads of leading Russian media outlets. Gusman said that Heydar Aliyev had stressed the importance of such important events many times and used to have meetings with the senior executives of Russian media outlets at the TASS conference room. Gusman expressed hope that representatives of many Russia media outlets would attend the forum to be held in July in Shusha.
Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency