The First Lady of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva met heads of leading Russian mass media at the headquarters of TASS agency, SIA informs with reference to AzerTac.
The First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva was accompanied by vice president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva.
Opening the meeting, first Deputy Director General of TASS Mikhail Gusman said “we are greatly honored to host the Azerbaijani first lady, Chair of the Baku 2015 European Games Organising Committee Mehriban Aliyeva”. Mr Gusman provided information about the Baku Games, hailing them as “a unique” event. “Azerbaijan attaches great importance to these Games,” he added.
Chair of the Baku 2015 European Games Organising Committee Mehriban Aliyeva said she was happy to be visiting Russia again. She highlighted preparations for the Baku Games. “There is a great deal of support for and interest in the Games from both the government, public organizations and ordinary citizens.” The first lady said the decision to grant the inaugural European Games to Baku testified to the fact that Azerbaijan “pays huge attention to sports, creation of state-of-the-art sports infrastructure, and accomplishments of Azerbaijani sportsmen on the international arena”.
Mehriban Aliyeva also responded to questions from Russian media leaders.
Azerbaijani Ambassador Polad Bulbuloghlu highlighted the activity of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and its Russia office. “Headed by vice president of the foundation Leyla Aliyeva the Russian office is carrying our very important humanitarian and social projects in Russian cities,” he added.
The first lady viewed photos taken by TASS photographers.
Following the meeting the first lady was interviewed by “Vesti nedeli” weekly program of Russia 24 channel.