Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan meets with Russian Premier Medvedev

Pashinyan Visits Russia, Meets with Putin, Medvedev

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MOSCOW (Combined Sources) — Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his wife went to Moscow on June 13 for a two-day visit.

First, the prime minister met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. The leaders of the two strategic partners discussed issues related to the agenda and cooperation of the Armenian-Russian bilateral and multilateral formats.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan with President Vladimir Putin

The sides touched upon the issues of further development and expansion of cooperation in various spheres, including political, economic, military-technical and other spheres.

Pashinyan and Vladimir Putin also discussed other regional issues of mutual interest.

“Dear Nikol Vova, we have recently met with you in Sochi. Taking into consideration the strategic nature of our relations and the large volume of cooperation in different areas, I think our meetings are required. I am grateful that you have arrived and we have the opportunity to speak of bilateral affairs within the international sporting event. I would like to note that Russia is confidently the number one partner in Armenia’s trade turnover. Last year the trade turnover between our countries increased by 30%, and this year also grows confidently, largely due to the supply of agricultural products to the Russian market. Of course, Armenia’s membership in the Eurasian Economic Union also contributes to this, and this is obvious. We hope, that we will continue to move in that direction. I’m glad to meet you today to talk about the entire complex of our relations, welcome, ” said Putin.

“Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, let me congratulate you on the occasion of the Day of Russia. I also congratulate you on the World Cup 2018 because it is a very important and important event at the global scale, and now the focus of the world is focused on Moscow. Thank you for your invitation.”

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his wife, Anna Hakobyan, with Archbishop Yezras Nersisyan

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He continued, “I think that both Armenia and Russia are satisfied with these developments and I hope that these relations will develop more efficiently on the basis of respect for the two peoples, the interests of the two states and sovereignty. This is very important. For me, it is very important that we have and I am confident that in the future we will have the opportunity to meet and discuss the whole range of our agenda.”

Accompanied by his spouse Anna Hakobyan, Pashinyan, attended the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony at Luzhniki Stadium and watched the tournament’s first match between the teams of Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Putin, presidents and heads of governments of a number of countries were in attendance.

Pashinyan also met with Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev.

The interlocutors discussed a number of issues related to Armenian-Russian economic relations, evoking the programs implemented in the economic sector and the planned activities. Nikol Pashinyan and Dmitry Medvedev stressed the need to step up bilateral trade based on the active and effective efforts of the Armenian-Russian intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation. The interlocutors touched upon the cooperation within the EAEU framework, as well as on the need to expand interactions in the energy, industrial, investment and humanitarian spheres.

“Dear Nikol Vovayevich, I am first of all happy to get acquainted with you. I once again congratulate you on being elected head of government. Armenia is our close ally, a country which together with the Russian Federation participates in integration associations and the CSTO. We are developing, as a matter of fact; I mean the economy and the social sphere. Therefore, coordination, joint work of governments is important for both the Russian Federation and for the Republic of Armenia,” Medvedev said.

“In general, I want to say that our relations are developing steadily and dynamically. This is due to the fact that Armenia’s economy has been stating good development figures recently. Our economy is developing, too, thanks to the work done within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union,” Medvedev said.

Pashinyan concurred with the warm sentiments.

Pashinyan and Hakobyan attended a gala concert dedicated to the World Foot Championship in Red Square.

The event was also attended by Putin and several other presidents and heads of government who have arrived in Moscow to attend the opening ceremony of the World Cup.

The next day, the bust of Soviet Union Hero, Marshal of the USSR Armored Troops Hamazasp Babadjanyan was unveiled on June 14 in Moscow’s Central Museum of Great Patriotic War, at a ceremony attended by the Armenian premier.

Pashinyan said he was particularly proud to attend such an important event to pay tribute to Babadjanyan at the museum of Russia’s and Armenia’s shared history – the Central Museum of Great Patriotic War.

“Hamazasp Babadjanyan holds a well-deserved place of its own among the Soviet Union’s brave commanders. All the way through the patriotic war, Babadjanyan led the armored troops across the frontline and was able to liberate numerous cities then under the control of the enemy.

From the Battle of Kursk to the Battle of Berlin, the great son of the Armenian people demonstrated dedication and heroism to become one of the best commanders during the Great Patriotic War. Babadjanyan used to wage war in Suvorov’s style; he beat the enemy down the subtle way rather than by outnumbering the latter,” he said.

“I want to emphasize that the name of Marshal Hamazasp Babadjanyan is engraved in the annals of our people’s history along with the names of other brave warriors who fought for their homeland, who participated in the battles of Bash-Aparan, Sardarabad the centenary of which was marked last month,” Pashinyan added.

The premier noted that the fact of Marshal Babadjanyan’s and Marshal Baghramyan’s busts were unveiled in this museum less than a year apart, showing the intertwined histories of the two peoples.

“The Great Patriotic War was a tough test for the nations of the Soviet Union, including the Armenian people. Every second Armenian soldier, including my grandfather, whose name and last name I bear, did not return from the front. Our duty is to preserve and transmit the story of this indescribable heroism to the younger generations, as well as to do everything possible to ensure our countries’ prosperity. Today’s event is also a tribute to the dear veterans of the Great Patriotic War, as well as the symbol of the Armenian-Russian friendship, mutual assistance and understanding,” Nikol Pashinyan stated.

Sculptor Ashot Tadevosyan created the bust.

While in Moscow, Pashinyan and Hakobyan visited the Prelacy of Holy Transformation Church of Russia and New Nakhichevan Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Moscow within the framework of a working visit to Russia. They were welcomed by Archbishop Yezras Nersisyan, Primate of Russia and New Nakhichevan Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, as well as by numerous representatives of the Armenian community.

Pashinyan called at the Mother Cathedral of the Holy Transformation Church and lit candles. The Prime Minister also toured the Tapan Museum to get acquainted with the Armenian culture and the Armenian Apostolic Church-related exhibits.

Nikol Pashinyan next visited St. Grigor Narekatsi Seminary, which will be operational on the territory of the church complex as early as this September. Up to 200 pupils can study at the Seminary. Prime Minister Pashinyan got acquainted with the conditions and opportunities created in the college. The institution boasts state-of-the-art modern equipment and highly

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