Armenian, Russian presidents meet in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin received Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. The parties discussed issues of bilateral cooperation, noting steady development of cooperation in all spheres.

Vladimir Putin congratulated his Armenian counterpart on victory in the February 18 presidential election.

“We have special relations with Armenia. This is well known in both Armenia and Russia. On the whole, the relations are developing successfully, despite certain difficulties in world economy. The commodity turnover grew by more than 20% last year. I’m pleased to note that Russia remains the first trade partner of Armenia,” Vladimir Putin said.

“Our relations in the political field are no less active. We cooperate almost on all levels and in all directions. All this creates good prerequisites for the reinforcement of our relations, first of all between people and in the humanitarian sphere,” he added.

Thanking for the invitation and congratulations, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said “it’s quite natural that I’m paying my first foreign visit to Russia after re-election.” “Russia is our strategic partner, our ally,” he said.

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