Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has paid an official visit to Moscow. During his stay he visited MGIMO-University, awarded Sergei Stepashin the Order of Honor for “his contribution to the deepening of the cooperation between the Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation”, and met with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
Political issues dominated the agenda. For starters, Putin highlighted the upcoming 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Armenia due to be celebrated on April 3. As Russia’s President put it, “These years have witnessed the formation of a solid alliance between Russia and Armenia. Moreover, we have all-round cooperation in international organizations”. Putin went on to point out that regardless of the complex and rapidly changing international environment, “the state-to-state relations have always been built on common ancestry or deep historical roots”.
The upcoming parliamentary elections in Armenia emerged as a second important item on the bilateral agenda. “Actually, this also concerns the constitutional reform, which is certainly not an easy process, but I am sure that, under your leadership, Armenia will get through this stage in its development,” stated Putin.
In his turn, Serzh Sargsyan argued that “our regular summits enable us to review the situation and outline our cooperation plans” for the near future and for a longer term. He added that Russian-Armenian “cooperation is constantly enriched”.
The leaders touched upon the Nagorno-Karabakh issue and cooperation within international organizations. Commenting on the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement process, Vladimir Putin noted that “Russia continues to do all it can to facilitate mutually acceptable solutions to the conflict both within the Minsk Group in the OSCE, and in direct contacts with Yerevan and Baku.”
Finally, the heads of state discussed coordinated action in global bodies. “We are developing our constructive cooperation within the CSTO”, said the Russian President, adding that “We are grateful to our Armenian friends for their cooperation in this very important area.”