Armenian President Discusses Ties With Russian Deputy Premier

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian met with Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister, Igor Shuvalov, on Friday for talks on a host of issues, ranging from Armenian-Turkish relations to Armenia’s role in the CIS.

Shuvalov, who is also the Russian National Coordinator on CIS Affairs, invited Sarkisian on behalf of Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to attend 65th anniversary events marking Russia’s victory in World War II.

According to Sarkisian’s press office, the two assessed Armenian-Russian cooperation in 2009 and discussed ways to further deepen bilateral cooperation within international organizations.

Sarkisian said 2009 saw “very effective” developments in Armenian-Russian relations. The Armenian leader added that he was confident that new opportunities for cooperation would emerge this year. “We have registered progress in all spheres. We have started 2010 rather intensively,” he said.

“I have already had two meetings with the President of the Russian Federation and the Russian Foreign Minister visited Armenia in January,” Sarikisian said. “We are optimistic and we think we should reinforce our relations through consistent everyday work.”

Shuvalov, for his part, stressed the positive development of the bilateral ties between Armenia and Russia, Sarkisian’s office said.

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