The issue of obtaining observer status by Russia in the Non-Aligned Movement is being worked out in close contact with the organization's current chairman, Azerbaijan.
Report says, citing TASS, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova told at a briefing.
"As for the possibility of Russia obtaining observer status in the Non-Aligned Movement, we are working this issue in close contact with Azerbaijan as the current chairman of the movement," she said.
In recent years, Russia and the non - aligned Movement member countries have developed very close cooperation, Zakharova said.
"This is facilitated by the closeness and coincidence of Russia's approaches and the Movement's member states regarding most issues on the international agenda. Against this background, raising the status of Russia [in the organization] seems to be a logical initiative," the diplomat emphasized.
On October 22, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin announced that Russia intends to obtain observer status in the Non-Aligned Movement.