Kocharian, Putin to Meet Again

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–President Robert Kocharian will fly to Russia on Thursday for talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, it was announced on Wednesday.
A spokesman for Putin was reported to have told journalists in Moscow that the meeting will take place in the Black Sea city of Sochi on Thursday. He did not specify its agenda.
Official Yerevan is also tight-lipped about details of the talks. A short statement by Kocharian’s office said only that they will center on “prospects for the development of Russian-Armenian relations.”
Kocharian’s press secretary, Victor Soghomonian, said separately that the Armenian leaders plans to hold a number of other meetings in Sochi, but did not elaborate.
Putin and Kocharian already met in the southern Russian city in January. The one-on-one talks reportedly focused on Russian-Armenian commercial relations, with the two presidents praising Russia’s increased economic presence in Armenia and saying that they agreed to boost it further this year. Putin, in particular, noted the absence of “unresolved problems or difficult issues” in Moscow’s ties with Yerevan and welcomed growing Russian-Armenian trade.


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