ArmInfo.Moscow and Yerevan stressed the importance of continuing military-technical cooperation. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated this at a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart Ara Aivazian on May 6, presenting the results of the talks in Yerevan.
"We noted the importance of cooperation in the military and military-technical fields. The activities of the 102nd Russian military base, the Russian-Armenian joint group of forces and the border department of the Russian FSS in Armenia serve to maintain security in the Transcaucasus," Lavrov said. At the same time, he stressed that in the context of regional issues, he thoroughly discussed the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh with his Armenian counterpart. "We noted the progress achieved and the stabilization of the situation. We do not reduce efforts aimed at returning home all detained persons, demining, protecting cultural and religious heritage, aimed at launching the work of specialized international organizations in Nagorno-Karabakh.
An important contribution to the normalization of the situation in the region is being made by the trilateral working group headed by the deputy prime ministers to unblock economic ties and transport communications. The success of this work will be critical to creating the conditions necessary to normalize the overall environment and build constructive cooperation in the post-conflict period. Further activities of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs are in demand, first of all, to promote the creation of an atmosphere of trust, "Lavrov expressed his conviction.
In conclusion, the Russian minister noted that the negotiations once again proved that Russia and Armenia are firmly committed to strengthening the alliance and strategic partnership. "We consider our relations an important factor of peace and stability in the South Caucasus. The key to the successful socio-economic development of our states. I invited my Armenian counterpart to visit Moscow to continue the dialogue," the Russian Foreign Minister summed up.