02, 2010

President Serzh Sargsyan received the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Igor Shuvalov

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Today, President Serzh Sargsyan received the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Russia’s National Coordinator for CIS issues Igor Shuvalov. In 2010, Russia will be presiding in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

President Sargsyan said that year 2009 was very productive for the development of the Armenian-Russian relations and added, “We have registered progress in almost every area. 2010 has started pretty vigorously as well: I have already had two meetings with the President of the Russian Federation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the RF visited Armenia in January, and now we are welcoming you in Armenia. We regard our relations with optimism and we believe that we can strengthen our relations by daily work.”

The First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia agreed that relations between Armenia and Russia develop dynamically. “Recently, you’ve made a very successful visit to Russia,” Igor Shuvalov said and noted that the purpose of his visit to Armenia is to discuss upcoming activities of the CIS in 2010 under the Russian chairmanship. “We have already established the agenda of our chairmanship, and it is pretty full. I was instructed by the leadership of the Russian Federation to discuss agenda items with the Armenian authorities and establish closer working relations with my counterparts,” Igor Shuvalov stressed.

Serzh Sargsyan expressed confidence that Russia’s chairmanship at the CIS will be efficient and productive for the further strengthening and development of the Organization.

At the meeting the parties discussed bilateral issues, as well as issues pertinent to the Armenian-Russian cooperation in multilateral settings and organizations. President Sargsyan noted with satisfaction the high level of cooperation of the two countries and expressed confidence that the elimination of the repercussions of the global economic and financial crisis, persistent work and doubled efforts would open new opportunities for bilateral cooperation in 2010.

Igor Shuvalov conveyed to the President of Armenia invitation of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitri Medvedev to participate at the festive events in Moscow, dedicated to the 65th Anniversary of victory in World War II. In his turn, President Sargsyan noted that Armenia too is planning to conduct a series of events dedicated to the 65th Anniversary of the conclusion of the WWII.

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