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Putin expects Russian-Armenian trade to keep growing
2018-12-27 19:54:54

Putin congratulates Pashinyan on "convincing victory" 

The leaders of Armenia and Russia have discussed key issues on bilateral agenda.

The relations between  Armenia and Russia are truly allied, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting during Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

“Enough to say that we confidently maintain the first place among Armenia’s foreign economic partners, Putin said, adding that the turnover with Russia accounts for 25.5 percent.

“Over 2,000 enterprises are operating – 2,200 to be precise. Trade is growing. Last year it went up by almost 30 percent – 29.7 percent, I believe. In the first ten months of this year it increased by almost another 18 percent – 17.5 percent,” the Russian President said.

He hailed the dynamics and stressed the need to maintain it.

“We will do all we can to keep relations at this level, and not only in trade but also in other areas. I am referring to security and our cooperation in the CSTO as well as our versatile cooperation in the Eurasian Economic Union,” Putin said.

The Russian President also congratulated the Armenian PM on his convincing victory in the recent parliamentary elections.

Armenian PM has lost count of his meeting with Putin 

Nikol Pashinyan, in tur, said he has  lost count of his meetings with Putin.

“But at the airport, the protocol team told me I was one of the most frequently visiting foreign leaders to the Russian Federation, or rather I was in the top three. I am sure this underlines the context of our special strategic relationship,” he said.

He voiced confidence that the dynamics of the bilateral relations would continue.

“We are also looking forward to your official visit to Armenia next year. We will be pleased to see you,” Pashinyan stated.

“Our political and economic relations are certainly growing. It is gratifying to see the growing interest from Russian tourists in Armenia. ..This means that people are not only interested, but that Russian tourists are well received, and feel at home in Armenia,” Armenia’s acting PM said.

He added that this emphasises the depth of the bilateral relations, not only political and economic, but also human relations, and cultural ties.

“We intend to develop our relations in all areas. I am confident that the newly elected parliament will also develop bilateral parliamentary relations with Russia. We are also positive about further economic relations,” Pashinyan said.

He pledged the commitment to further integration as part of the Eurasian Economic Union, and added that “we take Armenia’s EAEU presidency very seriously.”