YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Armenia remains committed to its continued membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and broader alliance with Russia, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told his visiting Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, on Monday, April 29.
Pashinyan hosted Medvedev in his private residence ahead of a meeting in Yerevan of the prime ministers of five ex-Soviet states making up the Russian-led trade bloc.
Medvedev is the highest-ranking Russian official to visit Yerevan since last year’s Velvet Revolution which toppled the former Armenian government. In his opening remarks at the informal talks with Pashinyan, he said Armenia and Russia remain “allied countries that have a special history of relations.”
“Now is a very important moment in our relations,” Pashinyan said, for his part. “And I’m sure that contrary to pessimists we will succeed in raising our relations to a new level … I think that we should actually turn pessimists into optimists. We will do everything for that.”
Turning to the EEU, Pashinyan said that membership in the organization is “very important” for Armenia. “We will do everything to make the EEU and our membership in it more effective,” he said.
The Armenian premier likewise stressed the bloc’s significance for his country when he visited Moscow and spoke at the EEU headquarters in January.