Russian president hosts Armenian counterpart
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday hailed relations with Armenia and pledged to further bilateral ties during talks with his visiting counterpart of the Caucasus state. Relations between Moscow and Yerevan are those "of partners andallies," Medvedev told Armenian President Serzh Sargsian who is in Moscow for a three-day visit, Itar-Tass news agency reported. Medvedev suggested to talk about "the broadest spectrum of questions" during the meeting and hopes that it "will be productive and will be commensurate with the level of partnership and allied relations between the Russian Federation and Armenia." Sargsian expressed confidence that bilateral ties will develop along the road of mutual understanding and strategic partnership in accordance with bilateral treaties, Itar-Tass said. Russia and Armenia called for an early solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and pledged to take coordinate steps to ensure security in the South Caucasus, said a joint statement issued after the leader's talks in the Kremlin. Armed conflict broke out in the early 1990s between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region's status after it declared independence, which was not recognized by the international community. Nagorno-Karabakh, a region in northwest Azerbaijan, was populated mostly by ethnic Armenians. A Russian-brokered ceasefire halted the fighting in 1994, but the dispute remains unresolved. The presidents also spoke highly of cooperation in such sectors as oil and gas, transport and communications, mining and processing industries, as well as in the innovation sphere, Interfax reported. The visit is expected to boost trade and economic relations, as bilateral trade has surpassed 800 million U.S. dollars last year, Russian officials said. Armenia, with a population of three million, recorded 13-percent economic growth in 2007 and foreign trade reached 3.8 billion U.S. dollars, according to official statistics.
Russia, Armenia to develop strategic partnership relations
Russia and Armenia will develop their relations on the basis of large-scale strategic cooperation. “The cooperation will have the spirit of mutual trust, respect of the sovereignty, a peaceful settlement of disputes, not using force or a threat of force, non-interference in internal affairs of each other, equality and mutual benefit,” says a joint statement by the Russian and Armenian presidents, Dmitry Medvedev and Serzh Sargsian. Moscow and Yerevan “attach priority significance to the deepening of mutually beneficial economic cooperation”. The statement also cites as priorities the cooperation in the fuel and energy sector, transport, communications, steel, mining and processing industries and in the innovation sphere. The sides “will help the preservation of cultural and spiritual closeness of the two countries’ peoples and deepen relations in the sphere of culture, science, education, information and health care”. “The Russian and Armenian presidents are convinced that the current stage of the two countries’ relations opens a broad prospect for ally interaction and the intensive deepening of relations in all fields in the interest of development of the national economy, culture, ensuring peace, stability and guaranteed security in the Caucasus region and in the whole world,” the document says. The joint statement has 14 points presenting views of the presidents on different aspects of bilateral and international relations.
Medvedev, Sargsyan to discuss Karabakh conflict
President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia and Dmitry Medvedev of Russia will discuss the Karabakh conflict settlement, a source in Kremlin told RIA Novosti. “Russia’s position is unchangeable. We will help the sides to find an acceptable solution to the conflict,” the source said. “The Presidents will also refer to the international agenda.” Serzh Sargsyan is in Moscow for a formal 2-day visit on invitation of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. President Sargsyan is also scheduled to meet with Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Federation Council Chairman Sergei Mironov and State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov. He is also expected to lay a wreath to the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb and meet with representatives of the Armenian community.
Russia and Armenia to coordinate foreign policies
Russian and Armenian presidents signed a joint declaration basing on the results of their meeting in the Kremlin, APA reports quoting Novosti-Armenia agency. The declaration signed by Dmitry Medvedev and Serzh Sargsyan says that Russia and Armenia will coordinate their foreign policies for joint activity towards security in the South Caucasus, reinforcement of stability and development of cooperation. The countries said they support peaceful settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict approved by all sides and welcomed OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs’ efforts in this direction.
President of Armenia: "Nagorno Karabakh problem can not have a solution, envisioning degradation of the present status of Nagorno Karabakh people"
"People of Nagorno Karabakh has won its right for independence and Nagorno Karabakh problem can not have a solution, envisioning degradation of present status of Nagorno Karabakh people", said President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan during the meeting with Armenian community of Russia, which took place in the framework of official visit of the President to Moscow on June 23. Serzh Sargsyan told the community representatives that during the meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev the sides agreed to continue talks in the framework of the document, which includes all basic principles of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. "Nagorno Karabakh has never been part of Azerbaijan. It was transferred to the Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan by illegal decision of the party body, explaining that this step will help spread ideas of October revolution and communism in the Islamic East", noted Serzh Sargsyan.
Armenia, Russia to develop military and political cooperation
Russia and Armenia will develop military and political cooperation not directed against third states, says a join statement signed by Dmitry Medvedev and Serzh Sargsyan on outcomes of their Kremlin talks. “The countries will help the process of international control over armament and promote efficiency of multilateral agreements,” the statement said. Russia and Armenia agreed to “develop constructive cooperation on bilateral basis and in the framework of the UN, OSCE, CIS, CSTO and other international organizations in the name of regional and international peace.” Both sides confirmed adherence to the UN regulations and spoke out for strengthening the organization’s potential to resist new challenges. “Russia and Armenia also intend to promote CIS development and confirmed importance of the CSTO as guarantor of security of its member states,” the statement says, RIA Novosti reports.
Serzh Sargsyan: Armenia-Russia relations should strengthen day by day
Currently in Moscow on a formal visit, Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan met with Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to discuss bilateral economic relations, the RF government’s press office reported. “I am pleased to see continuity of Armenia’s policy after the presidential election. On behalf of the Russian government, I assure you that all programs we planned are being implemented. I am also pleased to see increase in commodity turnover between our states. Russian investments in Armenian economy totaled $1.2 billion. I am hopeful that your regular visit will convey a new impulse to our relations,” the Russian Premier said. For his part, President Sargsyan thanked Mr Putin for his contribution to the Armenian-Russian relations. “I welcome your constructive approach. Our relations should strengthen day by day,” he said.
President Serzh Sargsyan meets with Boris Gryzlov, chairman of Russian State Duma
Welcoming Armenia's president Boris Gryzlov said that parliaments of Armenia and Russia enjoy close relationships with high-level meetings being held on a regular basis. In his words, the latest national elections in Armenia and Russia will give a new impetus to further development of their partnership relations. Boris Gryzlov emphasized also both countries' cooperation within international organizations. He welcomed Armenia's active participation in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) underscoring that Armenia will assume soon its rotating chairmanship. The chairman of Russian State Duma singled out active economic ties between the two countries saying that close economic contacts have resulted in active cooperation in other sectors. He stressed the importance of active work of Russian-Armenian inter-parliamentary commission, which is going to have its next meetings in Moscow and Yerevan. He also expressed the readiness of Russian parliament to promote deepening of bilateral relations. President Serzh Sargsyan too underscored the work of the inter-parliamentary commission and existing ties between parliamentarians of both countries. He said Armenia and Russia have signed about 170 various-level bilateral documents, which are ratified by parliaments. He said active partnership is due also to well-designed legal framework. The Armenian president also emphasized the deepening of trade and economic relations noting that three are about 1000 companies in Armenia operating with Russian capital. He expressed confidence that the bilateral trade will soon cross the $1 billion line with increasing Russian investments in Armenian economy. Serzh Sargsyan and Boris Gryzlov discussed also other issues of bilateral interest. Armenian president made a note in the book of honorable guests of Russian State Duma.
Russia and Armenia will work to resume operation of railway communications in Caucasus
Russia and Armenia will work to resume the operation of railway and other communications in the Caucasus, says the joint statement of the Armenian and Russian Presidents. Serzh Sargsyan and Dmitry Medvedev said they “will coordinate their activities with a purpose to strengthen security and stability in the South Caucasus.” The document also says that Yerevan and Moscow stand for soonest peaceful resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict on the basis of an agreement acceptable for all sides and welcome the endeavors of the OSCE Minsk Group.