Armenian president, Russian foreign minister discuss ties

Armenian president, Russian foreign minister discuss ties

Public Television of Armenia, Yerevan
17 Feb 05

Armenian President Robert Kocharyan today received Russian Foreign Minister
Sergey Lavrov, who is on an official visit in Yerevan. At the meeting, Lavrov
passed on greetings from the Russian president to the Armenian leader, adding
that the Russian president is expected to visit Armenia in the near future.
During this visit, Putin will launch the Year of Russia in Armenia.

President Kocharyan expressed his satisfaction with the level of relations
between the two countries. Lavrov also hailed the comprehensive development of
ties between the countries under the leadership of Kocharyan and Putin. The
meeting also discussed the work of intergovernmental commissions.

Lavrov said that Russia is set to carry out measures to put into operation
the enterprises under Russian management in Armenia. As for regional
cooperation, the sides discussed the expansion of communications and opportunities for
the intensification of economic ties.

The sides noted that the expansion of economic cooperation will also be
conducive to the resolution of regional conflicts. The meeting discussed the
current stage and prospects of negotiations on the Karabakh settlement.

The sides also discussed issues of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.