Azerbaijan will double natural-gas exports to Russia, under a deal signed between Azerbaijan's state energy company SOCAR and Russia's Gazprom.
The deal was signed during Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Baku today.
Under the agreement, Azerbaijan will export 2 billion cubic meters of gas to Russia in 2011, and further increase deliveries from 2012.
Medvedev and Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev discussed bilateral trade and signed a border-delimitation agreement.
Speaking after the talks, Medvedev said they also discussed a recent decision to extend the deployment of a Russian military base in neighboring Armenia, with which Azerbaijan is locked in a long-standing conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Medvedev said the decision was solely aimed at maintaining stability in the region, and that there were "no pitfalls or other considerations" behind it.
compiled from agency reports