YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Monday, July 23, to discuss close ties between their countries and the future of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
Putin also had separate phone calls earlier in the day with the presidents of Kazakhstan and Belarus, two other members of the Russian-led trade bloc.
In a short statement, the Kremlin said Putin and Pashinyan touched upon “issues pertaining to the Eurasian Economic Union and bilateral cooperation.” It did not elaborate.
Pashinyan’s press office likewise said that they “exchanged thoughts on further development of integration processes in the EEU framework.”
The two men most recently held talks in Moscow on June 13. In his opening remarks at that meeting, Putin pointed to rapidly growing Armenian exports to Russia. He attributed that to Armenia’s membership in the EEU.
Pashinyan has opposed that membership in the past. However, he made clear that he will not pull his country out of the EEU or the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) after sweeping to power in a wave of mass protests in May.