Russian PM Arrives in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–A delegation headed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov arrived today in Yerevan for a two-day state visit.

Fradkov met Friday with his Armenian counterpart–Andranik Margarian–after which an expanded meeting and joint press conference took place.

The Armenian prime minister said that the Russian Prime Minister’s visit will give new impetus to the development of Armenian-Russian relations. In this respect–Margarian pointed out that Fradkov’s visit in March and the successful "Russian year" in Armenia also promoted the strengthening of friendly Armenian-Russian relations.

Margarian and Fradkov also pointed out that Armenia and Russia are successfully cooperating within the frameworks of international and regional organizations. The two also assured continued cooperation in fighting any threats or challenges they may face.

They pointed out that issues concerning economic cooperation are included in the agenda of the Russian-Armenian commission on economic cooperation.

During negotiations–the two sides highlighted a set of issues including energy and transport communication. They noted that the development of economically effective transport communication can promote the further development of trade and economic cooperation between Armenia and Russia. In this regard–Margarian spoke of the opening of Poti-Caucasus ferry-boat passageway and highlighted the necessity of its regular functioning.

Fradkov emphasized the importance of bilateral cooperation for reinforcing Armenian-Russian relations. He said that everybody in Russia is waiting for the start of "Armenian Year" there and expressed hope that it will pass as effectively as the "Russian year" in Armenia.

After the meeting the two sides signed a set of documen’s on cooperation.

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