Armenian And Russian Presidents Discuss A Number Of Issues In Sochi


Sep 2, 2008

SOCHI, SEPTEMBER 2, ARMENPRESS: Meeting of the Armenian and Russian
presidents took place today in Sochi. Greeting the Armenian president,
Dmitri Medvedev noted that the meetings of the two presidents are
conducted on a regular basis. "During Your last visit to Moscow we had
full contacts, the visit was complete and in my opinion the dialogue
continues developing: You are aware of all the results but still there
exists potential for increase. I would also like to exchange with
You opinions over the international issues, and foreign policy. In
a few days the CSTO summit will kick off and the chairmanship of the
establishment will pass to Armenia. I think we can discuss issues on
the organization of the work of the summit," Russian president said.

S. Sargsyan on his part said that the working meetings in Sochi between
Armenian and Russian presidents have become a good tradition. "This
is a good opportunity to discuss in calm atmosphere both issues on
bilateral and multilateral relations," the Armenian president said,
noting that recently "Rubezh-2008" military exercises were conducted
in Armenia, the session of the ministers’ council of CSTO took place
and tomorrow the session of the Security Councils’ secretaries will
be held in Yerevan.

"Of course I would like to discuss issues on economic development
of our relations, further consolidation of our relations within
CSTO, issues connected with the situation created in the Caucasian
region. This is our first meeting after the developments in the
South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Georgia. We have spoken about it on
the phone. I would like to once again express my condolences on the
death of Russian citizens and peacekeepers," Serzh Sargsyan said,
adding that Armenia is waiting schoolchildren from Ossetia and said
that everything is ready for them.

D. Medvedev expressed gratitude for such support. "As to the rest,
including the consequences of what happened, taking into consideration
the work in the format of CSTO, together with You we will have an
initial discussion but the final decision will be made at the CSTO
summit in Moscow," Medvedev said.

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