The European Union is Azerbaijan’s main trading partner, President Ilham Aliyev said in a press statement following a meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart Gitanas Nausėda in Baku on Wednesday.

“Given the fact that we have started exporting natural gas to Europe and the fact that oil and gas prices are rising, our turnover with the European Union has been certainly growing this year. We are grateful to Lithuania for supporting the nearing of positions between Azerbaijan and the European Union,” the head of state said.

President Aliyev noted that Azerbaijan has already signed statements on strategic partnership with nine EU members. “This is one third of the member states. This shows that the European Union is as interested in cooperation as we are,” he added.