By Tigran Avetisian
YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Armenia’s leaders rushed to congratulate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Monday on his victory in Russia’s weekend pres- idential election, saying that it will give a further boost to Yerevan’s “strategic partnership” with Moscow.
In a letter released by his press office, President Serge Sargisian said the offi- cial vote results demonstrated Russians’ strong support for Putin’s efforts to “modernize” their country and enhance its “role and influence in global processes.” Sargisian also praised his “invaluable personal contribution” to the strengthening of Russian-Armenian ties.
“I am confident that further development of our bilateral strategic partnership will also help to reinforce peace, security and stability in the Caucasus and allow us to not only implement long-term economic projects … but also identify new opportunities for interstate cooperation,” he wrote. Sargisian went on to invite the Russian leader to pay a state visit to Armenia this year.
In a separate congratulatory message, Prime Minister Tigran Sargisian said Putin regained the Russian presidency in an “open and fair contest.” “I am confident that the existing strategic partnership of our states will receive new impetus,” he said.
The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) likewise said the Russian election outcome win will ensure “continuity” in relations between the two countries. “Vladimir