Bilateral Relations with All Russian Regions Vital Say Kocharian Chub

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–President Robert Kocharian discussed expansion of Armenian-Russian cooperation in his meeting with the governor of Russia’s Rostov province Vladimir Chub–and members of his delegation.

Stressing that existing bilateral relations between Russia and Armenia are healthy–the sides called for expanded economic cooperation and trade between separate regions of Russia and Armenia.

Possible cooperation with Rostov would include production of building materials–as well as agricultural and electronic products. Trade between Armenia and the Rostov region amounted to $2,500,000 in 2003–despite hindrances in the closure of direct railway transportation that stretched across Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia.

Kocharian and Chubb discussed opening an Armenian Consulate in Rostov.

The governor and his delegation also met with Prime Minister Margarian to review trade expansion and other areas of cooperation. The Rostov region is home to a 100,000 strong Armenian community.

Meeting with Armenia’s Minister of Transport and Communication Andranik Manukian–Chub and the minister signed an agreement to cooperate in the transport sector.

Chub told reporters the issue of providing training to Armenian teachers working at 16 Rostov schools was discussed during his visit to Yerevan State University on Monday–and suggested Armenian students visit Rostov schools to review education and teaching methods.

On Monday–an agreement to boost cooperation in the IT–atomic energy–healthcare–environmental protection–agriculture–and biology sectors was signed by Chub and the president of the Armenian Academy of Sciences Fadey Sarkisian. The governor pledged financial support from the region’s $1 billion annual budget to fund the joint programs.

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