10, 2009

Working visit of President Serzh Sargsyan to Moscow

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The President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan met in Moscow with the President of the Russian Federation Dmitri Medvedev. This is the seventh meeting of the leaders of the two countries this year.

Welcoming the President of Armenia, President Medvedev said, “I am very glad to see you. We continue our regular and intensive dialogue as agreed; we meet and maintain contact in bilateral as well as multilateral format. Quite recently we met in Chisinau, discussed the prospects and problems of the CIS. Then we had a meeting over a very complicated issue of Nagorno Karabakh with the participation of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliev. I think that it, I mean the mediating participation of Russia in that process, is a very important aspect of our relations. Today, we have an opportunity to discuss issues of our bilateral relations as well as issues of regional and international agenda.

Unfortunately, the crisis spared no one and our trade turnover has recently suffered too, which is, of course, not good at all. I am looking into the numbers and I don’t see any drastic changes, however there is a significant decline – almost 20 percent. It is disappointing and we need to think about filling that void because it is important for Armenia as well as for Russia to maintain the pace of trade and economic cooperation. On other aspects of our cooperation overall I would say everything looks not bad at all. Speaking about humanitarian ties it is quite obvious that you personally have a great input in the development of these ties. You’ve visited Orenburg, Rostov-on-Don, and as I’ve been informed, you are also planning to visit Kaliningrad. We are glad that you visit the regions and meet with the Diaspora. I believe it is good for our relations, and these relations, which are also regional in scope, strengthen the Armenian-Russian dialogue as a whole. Once again, I cordially welcome you. This is an opportunity to discuss all issues.”

In his turn, President Sargsyan said, “Thank you for the invitation and warm welcome. Political dialogue is, undoubtedly, the driving force of our relations. This kind of informal meetings is an excellent format for going through the entire spectrum of our relations. Massive amount of work accomplished in the last two-three years, allows us, in my opinion, to reach a qualitatively new level in economic, humanitarian, military and political, as well as technical areas. Today, I believe, we have a big and intensive agenda. I would like to thank you for your personal participation in the NK peace process. I would also like to thank the leadership of the Russian Federation and you personally for supporting us on the issue of developing our relations with the Republic of Turkey. Attendance by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia of the protocols signing ceremony testifies to the fact that in the South Caucasus Russia is striving for peace and solid security. I am glad to have this meeting today and I trust that it will contribute greatly to the development of our relations.”

Presidents Serzh Sargsyan and Dmitri Medvedev discussed a wide range of issues pertinent to the Armenian-Russian strategic partnership and high-level political dialogue. They also spoke about deepening the economic and trade relations, implementation of major projects in energy and military-technical areas, interaction in the regional organizations such as CIS, CSTO and Evrazes. The Presidents of Armenia and Russia discussed also urgent international and regional issues, two separate processes of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict resolution and normalization of Armenia-Turkey relations. Serzh Sargsyan and Dmitri Medvedev spoke also about prospective investment projects in different areas.

At the meeting the two sides touched upon the perspectives of cooperation in the framework of Collective Security Treaty Organization and about the Rapid Response Force in the context of Cooperation-2009 military exercises which are scheduled to begin in Kyrgyzstan soon.

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