Russia considers Armenia a close partner and ally, - Putin

Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin met today in Sochi, as Radio Azatutyun reports.
The meeting was held within the summit of The Eurasian Economic Union in the Black Sea town in the south Russia. At the beginning of the meeting Putin congratulated Pashinyan on being appointed as a chairman of Armenian Government.
“We consider Armenia, which everyone knows, as over close partner and ally in the region. This regards economic policy and security aspects. You know, that Russia remains the leader of trade and economic partner with Armenia,” Putin said.

Russia’s resident stated that the trade and economic relations between two states are growing fast, we have recorded a growth by 25%, agricultural supplies from Armenia to Russia are rising, growth of which was 38% last month.
According to Putin, they will work active in terms of the international organizations, “from UN, where Armenia and Russia have always supported each other, to regional organizations in the security field and economic development”.
In his turn, Armenian PM thanked Putin for kind words, stating that it was a pleasure for him to have an opportunity to meet with Russian President only a few days after he (Nikol Pashinyan, - ed.) was elected the PM.

“Because I think, there is something to discuss. But there is also something which does not need to be discussed. This is allied and strategic relationships between Armenia and Russia. I can assure that Armenia has, so to speak, consensus regarding this issue. And no one has ever doubted, and never will, the strategic significance of the relations between Armenia and Russia. We expect and we possess energy to give new impetus to our relationships both in a political and economic sense. We hope to develop our relationships in military-technical and other fields. Many tourists from Russia come to Armenia, which is really nice. I think Russian tourists really like Armenia and Armenian people like to see so many tourists in Yerevan,” the PM said.
Pashinyan stressed that Armenia appreciates a balanced position, which Russia had during the internal crisis in the country:
“I think it was a very constructive stand and our Government and society really appreciates this,” Pashinyan said.
The Head of Armenia congratulated Putin on May Day holidays.
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