Russia, Armenia to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh settlement

ITAR-TASS News Agency
July 5, 2004 Monday

Russia, Armenia to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh settlement

By Svetlana Alexandrova and Alexandra Urusova


The Russian and Armenian Foreign Ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Vardan
Oskanyan, will discuss here on Tuesday ways of settling the
Nagorno-Karabakh problem.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko said, “Russia is ready
to contribute to the settlement of the conflict and guarantee the
signing of agreements that will be acceptable for both sides.” “The
participants in the conflict should reach a compromise over this
problem,” he emphasized.

The Moscow talks “will focus on interaction within the CIS, including
within the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the EurAsEC,
and the foreign ministries’ joint efforts aimed at improving the
situation in the Caucasus.”

The Armenian foreign minister’s visit on July 5-7 will give an
additional impulse to Russian-Armenian relations which have a firm
legal basis, the spokesman said.

Trade and economic cooperation will be among priorities during the
talks. In 2003, trade turnover between Russia and Armenia increased
by 34.5 percent to 203.3 million U.S. dollars. Russia’s exports to
Armenia grew 33.5 percent to reach 126.2 million dollars, while
imports increased 36 percent to 77.1 million dollars.

In the course of his visit, Oskanyan will also meet with chairman of
the State Duma Committee for the CIS and Relations with Compatriots
Andrei Kokoshin.

The Russian and Armenian foreign ministers meet regularly. The
previous talks were held in Moscow last November.