Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev was greeted by his Armenian counterpart, Karen Karapetyan.

Russian Premier Medvedev Arrives in Armenia

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YEREVAN — President Serzh Sargsyan received on Tuesday, October 24, the premier of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, who was paying an official visit to Armenia.

Welcoming Medvedev, the president stressed that the Russian Premier’s visit came in the 25th year of establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia, and noted with satisfaction that huge amount of work had been done ever since.

“Our relations are distinguished by sustained political dialogue at all levels along with broad coordination of foreign policy, good work on international and regional platforms, fruitful interaction in the economic, military and military-technical spheres and specifically in the field of mutually beneficial trade. Last year we boasted a 15-percent growth, while the growth in trade turnover proved slightly more than 23 percent for the past eight months of this year, which is encouraging. I am confident that your official visit will be another important step towards the furtherance of our relationship,” President Sargsyan pointed out.

Medvedev thanked his Armenian host for the reception and conveyed the warm greetings and best wishes of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Medvedev noted with pleasure that the rise in bilateral commodity turnover was even greater — almost 30 percent — than the figure mentioned by Sargsyan.

“This is good news that I want to share with you. Thank you for the opportunity to meet. We are partners and friends indeed; we have strongly developing ties in all areas. A short while ago, we held intergovernmental negotiations, signed key documents and stated that our relations are developing.

Moreover, in practice, there is no sphere left out of the range of interaction. For example, very good dynamics have been recorded in the field of agricultural supplies, and Armenia is now very well poised on the Russian market. Nevertheless, it is obvious that we can build on these trends ahead.

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The other sectors are developing, too, including high technologies, cooperation in security and defense and investments. We discussed the possibility of working in the free economic zone to be set up in cooperation with Iran and a number of other large-scale projects. In a word, we will work and cooperate,” Medvedev said.

Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan welcomed his Russian counterpart at Zvartnots airport.

Dmitry Medvedev’s delegation is composed as follows: First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications Nikolay Nikiforov, Energy Minister Alexander Novak, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev, Saratov Governor Valery Radayev, Head of Federal Service for Environmental, Technological, and Nuclear Supervision Alexei Aleshin, Chairman of Gazprom’s Management Committee Alexey Miller and other officials.

After the official welcoming ceremony, the Russian Prime Minister headed for Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex to pay tribute to the memory of the Armenian Genocide victims.

Topics: Medvedev, Russia
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