YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Serj Sarkisian–the Armenian chairman of the Armenian-Russian Inter-governmental commission–said that Armenia’s relations with Russia are strategic and will remain so. Sarkisian also said that during the visit of Russian Chairman Ilya Klebanov–who is also Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister–they will not only discuss relations between the two countries–but the Russian side will also be introduced to Armenian enterprises they are interested in.
Chairman Serj Sarkissian did not refute that Russian can be a shareholder of those enterprises as opposed to Armenia’s liabilities to Russia–although the value of the enterprises is much higher than Armenia’s liabilities and the issue is yet to be negotiated.
According to Sarkisian–the commission will sign documen’s referring to the Armenian-Russian economic relation development.
Levon Mkrtchian–the deputy foreign minister of Armenia–noted that Russia’s deputy prime minister is accompanied with a delegation of certain specialists–who will be informed of the full spectrum of Armenian-Russian relations–including Armenia’s governmental debt to Russia and the upcoming visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Mkrtchian added that in regards to the privatization of the Armenian "Mars" enterprise and Zangezur’s copper-molybdenum plant–the co-chairmen will probably reverberate the negotiations while briefing on the results of the visit.
According to Armenian Energy Minister Karen Galustian–within the frameworks of Klebanov’s visit–the issue of the inter-governmental debt must be interpreted in regards with Russia’s participation in PSHEK of Hrazdan–HEK Vorotan and other energetic enterprises–as well as the issue of securing Armenia with atomic fuel and natural gas.
The minister stated that the Russian companies can either directly or jointly participate in the privatization of Armenia’s energy distribution enterprises.
Klebanov will conclude his visit to Armenia by meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Markarian and President Robert Kocharian.