ArmInfo. Russia is giving priority to unblocking economic and transport ties in the Transcaucasus. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin stated this during a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan within the framework of the bilateral meeting in Minsk on June 20.
The Russian prime minister noted that practical work is being actively carried out within the framework of a trilateral working group chaired by the vice-premiers of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, whose regular meeting was held yesterday during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. For his part, Pashinyan thanked the Russian side for resolving the problems that arose at the Upper Lars checkpoint, recalling that this is "the only land road that connects Armenia and Russia."
<We were quite concerned about this, as there were concerns related to that issue, as there are certain problems related to the increase of economic flows. It is very important what we agreed on, including with our Georgian partners, so that the trade turnover between Armenia and Russia does not face artificial barriers, the Prime Minister of Armenia said. At the same time, he supported the process of unblocking communications in the region. Pashinyan expressed hope that as a result of the work done, it will be possible to come to concrete solutions.
Mishustin also drew attention to the fact that Russia has lifted all restrictions on the entry of Armenian citizens through the land border, which, according to him, will contribute to the development of tourism and economic ties between the two countries. <In accordance with the decision of the government, all restrictions on the entry of Armenian citizens into the territory of Russia by land have been lifted. We expect that tourist flows will recover in the near future, and this is very important for the residents of Armenia and Russia," the head of the Russian government said.
It should be noted that the Prime Minister of Armenia arrived in Belarus to participate in the regular meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.