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Armenia is Russia's strategic partner in the region and the world - Putin
2018-12-20 16:15:05

President of Russia Vladimir Putin is planning to hold talks with Armenia’s acting Prime Minister next week.

“The Armenian nation is the closest ally of Russia in the South Caucasus. This has been the case historically, and I hope this will be the case in the future,” Putin told a press conference today.

“We need to proceed from the realities of the current situation in the world and the region, our needs and opportunities,” the Russian President said

He added that he will discuss the issue with Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan during the latter’s visit to Moscow next week.

Putin denied the assumption that the relations between Armenia and Russia need to be restored.

“What should we restore? We have not had anything destroyed that would need to be recovered. We have smooth relations with Armenia. It’s our strategic partner in the region and the world, at large, a member of CSTO and the Eurasian Economic Union,” the Russian President stated.