Nikol Pashinyan, left, with Vladimir Putin at a May meeting

Pashinyan Meets with Putin, Former Soviet Bloc Leaders

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SOCHI, Russia (Public Radio of Armenia) — Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan participated in the May 14 sitting of the Supreme Council of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) along with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov. President of Moldova (an EAEU observer state) and Chairman of the EAEU Board Tigran Sargsyan were present at the meeting.

 

Nikol Pashinyan, left, at the EAEU summit

Addressing the summit, Pashinyan congratulated everyone on Victory Day and thanked Putin for the warm welcome.

“We have already formed the government, which does not envisage changes in foreign policy vectors. I confirm my full commitment to Armenia’s international obligations. We expect active cooperation with EAEU partners, based on the practical interests of free movement of goods, services, labor and capital, as well as the introduction of privileged regimes of economic cooperation, which is regulated by the Union law,” Pashinyan said.

The Armenian prime minister expressed hope that the further cooperation of the Eurasian Economic Union member states would be aimed at development, creation of favorable conditions for entrepreneurship and investment, and improvement of the living standards of citizens.

Putin received Pashinyan on the sidelines of the Eurasian Economic Union summit in Sochi.

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Putin first congratulated Pashinyan on taking office.

The Russian President noted that “Russia sees Armenia as its closest partner of any ally in the region. Putin reminded that Russia remains Armenia’s main trade and economic partner, and Russian investments make up 35 percent of all investments in Armenia.”

Putin assured Pashinyan that “Moscow will continue to work with Yerevan as actively in the international arena and within the framework of international organizations, starting from the UN, where Armenia and Russia have always supported each other to regional security and economic integration frameworks.”

 

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