Foreign visits
President Serzh Sargsyan’s working visit to Sochi

02.09.2008 - 02.09.2008

By the invitation of the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitri Medvedev, today President arrived on a working visit to Sochi.

Welcoming the President of Armenia, the President of Russia noted that the meetings of the Presidents of the two states are being conducted on a regular basis,”Last time we had a comprehensive meeting during your visit to Moscow. That visit was very productive and the dialogue continues now.”

The President of Russia presented his vision on the urgent international issues and foreign affairs. He said that the countries-members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization would present their position regarding the events in the South Ossetia at the end of the week, during the summit in Moscow.

The President of Armenia in his remarks stated, in particular, the following,”Working meetings between the Presidents of Armenia and Russia in Sochi have become a good tradition. This is a nice opportunity to discuss in a quiet atmosphere issues pertaining to bilateral, as well as multilateral relations. Besides, in a couple of days Armenia will be assuming the chairmanship of the CSTO. Quite recently “Rubezh 2008” military exercises and a meeting of the Ministers of Defense of the CSTO have been conducted in Armenia, and tomorrow the summit of the Secretaries of the National Security Council of the CSTO will open in Yerevan.

Here, in Sochi, I would like to talk about economic issues, issues of further strengthening and deepening of our relations in the framework of the CSTO and, of course, the current situation in the Caucasian region. This is our first meeting after the events in South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Georgia. I would like to once again express condolences to the citizens of Russia on the occasion of death of the peacekeepers. I am sorry that the events have taken this turn and hope that the consequences of the humanitarian disaster will be speedily eliminated. By the way, two weeks ago we invited schoolchildren from South Ossetia to Armenia. We try to do our best to assist in the elimination of the consequences.”

During the private conversation, the Presidents of the two countries noted with satisfaction the high level of political dialogue and cooperation in the framework of strategic partnership, which emanates from the interests of two brotherly peoples.

During the meeting Serzh Sargsyan and Dmitri Medvedev discussed the situation in the South Caucasus. The two sides expressed confidence that the restoration of peace and stability in the region will benefit all the countries. The Presidents stressed that the recent events have proved once again the unfeasibility of military solution for the conflicts existing in the South Caucasus, which can bring about unpredictable consequences.


The President of Armenia and the President of the Russian Federation discussed also issues related to the prospects of security, as well as bilateral and multilateral military and technical cooperation in the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. President Sargsyan mentioned that the Republic of Armenia, which will shortly assume the presidency of the CSTO, would like to use that period of time to further advance the efficiency of the organization.

The Presidents of Armenia and Russia discussed also issues related to the NK peace process. President Medvedev reiterated his position that the conflicts should be resolved exclusively in a peaceful manner and express his support for the current peace process in the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group.

At the meeting Serzh Sargsyan and Dmitri Medvedev discussed also a wide range of economic issues. The parties note with satisfaction the increasing turnover between the two states and amplified Russian investments in the Armenian economy. They also discussed issues related to the prospects of implementing regional energy and transportation projects.

The Presidents of Armenia and Russia continued their discussions during the working dinner, after which President of Armenia returned to Yerevan.

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