ArmInfo.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will pay a working visit to Armenia on May 5-6, within which meetings with acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and talks with Acting Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian are planned.
According to the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the visit is a continuation of the intensive Russian-Armenian political dialogue aimed at strengthening multifaceted bilateral cooperation, maintaining peace and stability in the region.
"It is planned to discuss a wide range of issues of bilateral interaction, regional cooperation, foreign policy coordination in the EAEU, CSTO and CIS, UN, OSCE, Council of Europe, BSEC and other international platforms.
One of the key topics will be consideration of the practical aspects of the implementation of the Statements of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia and the President of the Russian Federation dated November 9, 2020 and January 11, 2021, including humanitarian assistance to the affected population and the restoration of infrastructure in Nagorno-Karabakh, unblocking of economic and transport communications in the region ", the message of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation reads.
The Russian Foreign Ministry added that the political dialogue at the highest and high levels is intense. In 2021, the President of the Russian Federation V. Putin and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia N. Pashinyan met twice in Moscow - on January 11 and April 7. In 2020-2021 four meetings of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation M. Mishustin with N. Pashinyan took place (January 31, 2020 in Alma- Ata, July 17, 2020 in Minsk, October 9, 2020 in Yerevan and April 29 this year in Kazan < on the sidelines of the meetings of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council).
Cooperation is intensively developing within the framework of the Russian-Armenian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation. The co-chairs of the intergovernmental commission A. Overchuk and M. Grigoryan met 6 times this year, the last one in Moscow on April 26 this year within the framework of the next meeting of the Trilateral Working Group on unblocking economic ties and transport communications in the region.
The foreign ministers of Russia and Armenia in 2020 contacted in Geneva on February 25, in Moscow on October 9 and 12, December 7 and 18, and on November 21 in Yerevan. This year S. Lavrov and A. Aivazian met twice in Moscow - on February 17 (during the working visit of the Armenian Foreign Minister to Russia) and on April 1 (on the sidelines of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers meeting). On January 20 and April 15-16, a series of consultations took place at the level of the deputy foreign ministers of the two countries.
Inter-parliamentary ties are developing. The delegation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation visited on April 24 commemorative events in Yerevan dedicated to the genocide of the Armenian population during the First World War. Ararat Mirzoyan, Chairman of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, is scheduled to pay an official visit to Moscow on May 16-18. Intensive interdepartmental contacts are maintained, which make it possible to quickly resolve urgent issues. Meetings of the heads of ministries and departments are held on a regular basis. There are intergovernmental commissions on economic and military cooperation, the Joint Collegium of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia and the Police of Armenia. Productive cooperation has been established in the field of countering COVID-19.
Russian-Armenian cooperation in the military-political and military-technical fields contributes to the enhancement of the security of the Republic and stability in the Transcaucasia. The Armenian Armed Forces are participating in combat duty within the framework of the CIS Joint Air Defense System. The 102nd Russian military base is deployed on the territory of the Republic. There is an interstate agreement on the Joint Grouping of Troops (Forces) of the Armed Forces of Armenia and the Armed Forces of Russia.
Russia is Armenia's leading foreign economic partner with a share of over 26% in foreign trade. In the context of a general recession in the world economy, Russia and Armenia managed to avoid a serious decrease in the volume of trade exchange. In 2020, bilateral trade exceeded $ 2.3 billion, down 9.5%. Ties are dynamically advancing along the lines of the regions, in which about 70 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and almost all marzes (regions) of Armenia are involved, in the humanitarian field. Cultural and humanitarian cooperation is actively developing. About 5 thousand Armenian citizens receive higher education in Russia, of which more than 2 thousand are funded by the federal budget. About the same number of students study in Yerevan at 6 branches of Russian universities and the Russian-Armenian University. On June 8-11 this year the VII Russian-Armenian youth forum is planned in Moscow. Moscow and Yerevan are productively cooperating in the formats of the EAEU, CSTO and the CIS. Effective coordination is being conducted on the main issues of the global and regional agenda, within the framework of universal and specialized international organizations - the UN, OSCE, BSEC, and other multilateral forums.