Sarkisian in Moscow to Strengthen Ties, Discuss Karabakh

MOSCOW (Combined Sources)–President Serzh Sarkisian arrived in Moscow on Monday for a second round of meetings with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev focusing on the further deepening of the strategic links between Armenia and Russia.

The agenda of the his visit will focus on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, the deepening of bilateral relations between the two allies, as well as discussions on expanding cooperation in trade, transport, energy, and agriculture.

Sarkisian is also scheduled to meet with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the President of the Federal Council and the Russian State Duma during the official visit, which will last until Wednesday.

Sarkisian will also hold meetings with representatives of the Russia’s Armenian community and lay a wreath of flowers at the World War II Memorial dedicated to the “Unknown Soldier.”

In related news, a spokesman for the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry Monday demanded that Russia’stop providing what he alleged was military assistance to Armenia.

Referring to Armenia as an “aggressor,” Khazar Ibrahim called on Russia to put an end to its alleged military support of Armenia, and accused the two countries of working together within the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

He also called on Russia “to be more impartial in the Karabakh process and not to forget about its mediating mission in the OSCE Minsk Group, Azeri media reports say.

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict settlement process has been put under exceptional strain in recent months as Azerbaijan continues to threaten Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh with an "eminent war."


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