06, 2008

On June 24, President Serzh Sarkissian met in Kremlin with the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev

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On June 24, President Serzh Sarkissian met in Kremlin with the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev.

Beginning of a Meeting President Serzh Sarkissian and President Dmitry Medvedev.

Dear Serzh Azatovich!

As we recently agreed in St Petersburg, we are now meeting during your first official visit to the Russian Federation.

We are delighted to welcome you to Moscow. We hope that the talks on a wide range of issues will be productive and commensurate with the level of cooperative alliance and partnership that exists between Armenia and the Russian Federation.

I think that we will be discussing the political aspects of this cooperation, economic issues and the socio-cultural extension of our dialogue – we’ll do a tour of all the crucial issues.
I am delighted to welcome you to Moscow.

PRESIDENT SERZH SARKISSIAN: Thank you, Dmitry Anatolyevich!

Allow me to thank you for the kind invitation and the warm reception, and to underline the importance of this meeting for developing relations between our countries.

Let me reiterate my invitation to visit Armenia at any time that is convenient. I am confident that our relations will continue to develop in line with the mutual understanding and strategic partnership that we have developed according to the spirit and letter of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance and the Declaration on Strategic Cooperation between Russia and Armenia in the 21st century. I am sure that today's talks will raise relations between our countries to a new level.

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Thank you, Serzh Azatovich. And thank you for the invitation to visit Armenia.

President Serzh Sarkissian and President Dmitry Medvedev discussed a wide range of issues of Russian-Armenian cooperation, in particular prospects for expanding production and technological cooperation, further cooperation among small and medium businesses and opportunities for promoting mutual investments.

The two sides also agreed on steps to assist a number of major projects being carried out by Russian companies in Armenia.

There was an exchange of views on important regional and international issues. Serzh Sarkissian and Dmitry Medvedev reaffirmed their readiness to coordinate foreign policy activities on a bilateral and multilateral basis, including through interaction in the CIS and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in view of Armenia's forthcoming presidency of the CSTO. There was also a discussion of the prospects of resolving the Nagorny Karabakh conflict.

At the end of the Russian-Armenian talks, Serzh Sarkissian and Dmitry Medvedev issued a joint statement.

It said, in part, that the views of Russia and Armenia on current international problems are either identical or very close.

The two sides plan to cooperate closely in creating foreign policy on a bilateral basis and within the framework of international organisations in order to strengthen peace, stability and security on both a regional and global scale.

During the official visit, President Sarkissian had meetings with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Chairman of the Federal Council of the Russian Federal Assembly Sergey Mironov.

The Armenian President placed a flower wreath at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier.

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