Russian Leaders in Armenia

RUSSIAN SPEAKER AND SECURITY COUNCIL HEAD PROMISE TO INTENSIFY RELATIONS

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Russia will support any resolution to the Mountainous Karabagh conflict that carries the support of the two [conflicting] parties–revealed the speaker of the Russian Federation Council (upper house of the Russian parliament)–Sergey Mironov at a news conference in Yerevan on November 1–following talks with Armenian leaders. He said the country is prepared to guarantee the implementation of a proposed resolution.

"With the end of elections in Armenia and Azerbaijan–it seems that the negotiating process will intensify," Mironov said–adding that despite mediation efforts by the OSCE Minsk Group–the leaders of the two countries must have final say.

In meeting with Armenia’s Prime Minister Andranik Margarian–Mironov emphasized that Armenia is one of Russia’s most dependable allies–and his country stands ready to strengthen political–military–and economic bilateral ties with Armenia–as well as cooperation in cultural and education sectors. Political relations between the countries should be supported by practical actions and should be accompanied by bilateral trade and economic relations–he said.

He said that Russia also looks to strengthen business ties with Armenia–and will host a 2004 conference on cooperation between Russian and Armenian regions. The relevant agreement was achieved on Saturday between Arthur Baghdasarian–the speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia–and Mironov.

On his part–Bagdasarian reported that–during the 8th International economic forum in St. Petersburg in June 2004–Armenia’s presentation to the forum will be collaboration between the speakers of Armenian and Russian parliamen’s to provide an opportunity for Russian and Armenian businessmen to establish new contacts and boost Armenian-Russian trade and economic cooperation.

During his trip to Armenia–Mironov was awarded an honorary doctorate from Armenia’s National Academy of Sciences at celebrations marking the academy’s 60th anniversary. Mironov also received the Academy’s gold medal–its most prestigious award.

In accepting the honors–Mironov revealed that the Parliamen’s of Russia and Armenia will work together to bring about scientific advancemen’s–as the sector cannot develop without government support.

RUSSIAN SECURITY COUNCIL HEAD IN ARMENIA

The head of Russia’s Security Council Vladimir Rushailo arrived in Armenia on Monday to discuss the development of strategic partnerships with Armenia.

The two countries are expected to sign joint security and defense agreemen’s–and consider the scope of cooperation between the law-enforcement bodies of the two countries in the struggle against terrorism and establishment of regional security.

Rushailo is scheduled to meet with Armenian president Robert Kocharian–the Catholicos of All Armenia’s Karekin II–speaker of Armenian parliament Arthur Baghdasarian–Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Margarian–and Armenia’s defense minister and head of Armenia’s National Security Council Serge Sarkissian.

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