Russia, Armenia sign agreement on cooperation in education

ITAR-TASS News Agency
July 13, 2004 Tuesday

Russia, Armenia sign agreement on cooperation in education

By Andrei Lavrov


Russia and Armenia signed an agreement on cooperation in public
education. The Russian and Armenian ministers of public education and
science signed the documents in the presence of the prime ministers
of the two countries.

Armenian premier Andranik Margaryan said that “the Russian language
has a high status in the republic”. He emphasized that Armenia trains
Russian language teachers for schools.

In turn, premier Mikhail Fradkov noted that Russia handed over 55,000
Russian language textbooks to Armenia last year. “This is an
important sphere of cooperation,” said Fradkov, stressing that
Armenia has 65 schools with extensive studies of the Russian
language, while 50 schools have classes with extensive studies of the
Russian language.

Another Tass dispatch says that following a meeting with Margaryan,
the Russian premier said that the first meeting of the
Russian-Armenian intergovernmental commission on military cooperation
will be held in September-October.

“We have a positive experience of cooperation in this sphere,”
Fradkov added. As an example he instanced training of Armenian
military personnel at higher educational establishments of the
Defence Ministry.

According to Fradkov, bilateral military cooperation “will be
oriented on updating military hardware, supplied to the Armenian army
earlier,” as well as at prolonging its service life.