Regional cooperation is an important component of the Russian-Azerbaijani strategic partnership and alliance, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his welcoming message to the participants of the 12th Russian-Azerbaijani interregional forum, which started on February 28 in the Stavropol Krai of the Russian Federation, Report informs.

The President of Russia noted that regional cooperation makes a great contribution to strengthening trust and mutual understanding between peoples, expands opportunities for promoting mutually beneficial trade, investment and humanitarian ties, and creates conditions for improving the well-being of citizens of both countries.