Armenian Russian Relations Amendmen’s to Be Made Says Dryukov

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"Certain amendmen’s will be made both to the Armenian-Russian relations and to Russia’s foreign policy as a whole," Russian Ambassador to Armenia Anatoly Dryukov told a news conference held on the occasion of the presidential election in Russia March 28.

Referring to the statement of Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov made following the meeting at the office of new Russian President Vladimir Putin March 27–the Russian ambassador pointed out that the amendmen’s are related to the foreign policy concept discussed by the Security Council last week–and that it [the concept] will be closer to the reality. "The relations with Armenia–as well as with other countries–will be more realistic and aimed at achieving concrete results," Dryukov said–stressing that the desired results are the development of friendship and fruitful cooperation in all spheres.

He pointed out that the election of the new president marks the new stage Russia is entering. "All expect Russia to follow the way of reforms with confidence," the ambassador said.

Dryukov stated that during his nine-month premiership and three-month tenure as acting president–Vladimir Putin proved that he possesses the attributes necessary to promote Russia’s social and economic development.

Addressing Russia’s further involvement in the Karabakh settlement–Dryukov pointed out that one should wait for the results of the negotiations between Armenian and Azeri Presidents. As one of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs–Russia is willing to make its contribution to this process. He also expressed optimism that the attempted murder of Nagorno Karabakh Republic President Ghoukassian will in no way hinder this process.

Addressing the program of action of the highest executive bodies in the near future–the Russian ambassador pointed out that a month after the official declaration of the election results–the president’s inauguration will be held. Thereafter–the candidate for prime minister will be introduced to the State Duma for approval–and the new government will be formed. Dryukov also stated that Armenian President Robert Kocharian is expected to pay an official visit to Moscow.

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