01, 2012

President Serzh Sargsyan met in Sochi with the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

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President Serzh Sargsyan, who is in the Russian Federation on a working visit, met today in Sochi with the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

At the meeting, Presidents Sargsyan and Medvedev discussed cooperation of the two states in the economic, trade, military-technical, other areas as well as regional issues. They also spoke about the results of cooperation in 2011 and future development programs aimed at the further advancement of the bilateral ties.

“Esteemed Serzh Azatovich, we have created a good tradition of meeting in wintertime in Sochi, in the mountains. I believe it is emblematic. Now, we will discuss the current state of the Armenian-Russian relations, and will recap the results of last year. It was not bad – from the viewpoint of the turnover and other aspects of our cooperation – from the economic and up to the military and technical cooperation. As for the future, along with the traditional business development, which has penetrated all areas of the Armenian-Russian cooperation, it is also necessary to contemplate major programs.

Beside the bilateral relations, I also propose to discuss regional issues. The life is complicated enough; there is a number of tricky challenges, including also in our region. Later, we will continue with the discussions on one of the most intricate regional issue – discussions on the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict; this will be done with the participation of our Azerbaijani colleague.

I cordially welcome You and I am very happy to once again see you here, in Sochi,” the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev said at the meeting with the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan.

Serzh Sargsyan thanked Dmitry Medvedev for the invitation and for the efforts exercised by the Russian President towards the resolution of the NK issue.

“These meetings have indeed become traditional; they are very useful. I thank You for the efforts exercised towards the resolution of the NK issue. Indeed, these meetings, Your efforts, the time You give for the resolution of this issue allow to have more or less manageable situation in the South Caucasus. For that very reason, these meetings are very useful and, naturally, it is also a nice opportunity to discuss our bilateral issues.

I fully share the viewpoint that last year was not bad. In any case, the turnover has increased by some 15 percent. It is tangible. And thank You for the readiness to discuss major programs. It is very important for us,” said the President of Armenia.

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