Highlighting alliance, Sarkisian Meets Putin in Sochi

By Asbarez | Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Serzh Sarkisian in Sochi on Wednesday

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Serzh Sarkisian in Sochi on Wednesday

SOCHI, Russia—President Serzh Sarkisian on Wednesday met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, with the two leaders highlighting the close alliance between Yerevan and Moscow.

Sarkisian’s press office reported that Putin and Sarkisian discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict when their meeting continued behind the closed doors. The press office provided no details.

The two leaders made no public statements after the talks, which were attended by Russian and Armenian foreign ministers Sergey Lavrov and Edward Nalbandian.

Armenia's Serzh Sarkisian and Russia's Vladimir Putin meet in Sochi on Wednesday

Armenia’s Serzh Sarkisian and Russia’s Vladimir Putin meet in Sochi on Wednesday

Ahead of the meeting, the two leaders met with reporters, at which time Sarkisian highlighted the strong alliance between the two countries and referenced the friendship treaty signed between Russia and Armenia 20 years ago.

“Armenian-Russian alliance is unique through its consistent high-level dialogue, broad coordination of foreign policies, constructive cooperation in international and regional platforms, and productive cooperation in security, military and military-technical spheres,” said Sarkisian, who also highlighted the robust economic relations between the two countries.

He pointed out that a 15 percent increase in trade last year and an approximate 24 percent during the first six months of this year.

Sarkisian also pointed to other high-level meetings that have taken place between the leadership of the two countries, including military, trade and parliamentary cooperation.

In his welcoming remarks, Putin highlighted the two important milestones between the two countries—the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 20th anniversary of the Friendship Agreement.

“During this period relations between Armenia and Russia, as two sovereign states, strongly enhanced. An intensive political dialogue exists between us and there is bilateral cooperation in the spheres of economy, security and military. We actively cooperate within international organizations and also in the framework of our integration units,” said Putin.