Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, along with the heads of the CIS countries, arrived at the Mariinsky Theatre, on whose stage the Nutcracker ballet is being shown on Thursday, Azeri Daily reports.
Ilham Aliyev is visiting St Petersburg at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Azerbaijani leader arrived in Russia to attend an informal CIS summit.
Along with I.Aliyev and V.Putin, leaders of other CIS countries came to the Mariinsky Theatre, in particular, Alexander Lukashenko, Nursultan Nazarbayev and others.
Leading soloists of the theatre greeted the distinguished guests at the entrance to the hall. Presidents sat in the 13th row. At 19.30 in the Mariinsky Theatre, the production of the Nutcracker ballet began. The new edition of the ballet on the stage of the most famous St Petersburg theatre has been shown since 2001.