Vazgen Sarsgyan Hails Visit to Moscow

MOSCOW (Itar-Tass)–Armenian Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan has hailed his official visit to Moscow saying it was a success–Itar-Tass learned on Wednesday at the Armenian Embassy in Moscow.

He was quoted as expressing satisfaction for his first trip as Armenian prime minister to Russia. Sources stressed that the visit had reinforced the traditional friendly relations with Russian Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin.

They emphasized however–that the economic factor in bilateral relations is lagging behind the political one.

Sources reported that the sides had outlined further initiatives for the ministries and departmen’s of the two states. It was stressed that the two countries must focus on boosting cooperation in trade–economic and energy spheres.

Sargsyan’s visit ended on Wednesday with a meeting with Russian CIS Minister Leonid Drachevsky.

The Armenian premier also held talks with Stepashin–attended by Atomic Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov–who is the Russian head of the Inter-governmental Commission for Economic Cooperation.

Sargsyan stressed that "ties between Russia and Armenia are developing very constructively and we are indeed–not in words–strategic partners." The two prime ministers have agreed to hold regular meetings–approximately once a month–to quickly resolve cooperation issues.

Sargsyan met on Wednesday head of the Russian Army’s general staff Anatoly Kvashnin. The prime minister also met State Duma lower house deputy speaker Artur Chilingarov–Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov–as well as chairman of Russian gas company Gazprom Rem Vyakhirev over gas-transit issues.

Sargsyan was expected to leave Moscow for Kiev on Thursday.


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