ArmInfo.The Kremlin considers the correspondence between U.S. President Joe Biden and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to be part of the dialogue and interaction between the two countries. Spokesperson of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov stated in a conversation with reporters, answering a corresponding question. USAID Administrator Samantha Power conveyed the above mentioned letter to Prime Minister Pashinyan on September 25.
"The USA and Armenia are sovereign countries. They have their own directions in which they develop interaction and dialogue. We [Russia] are developing [cooperation with Armenia] in our own directions. It is unlikely that cooperation [between the USA and Armenia] in the field of energy and so on may be comparable to the depth of integration that Armenia has with the Russian economy. It can hardly be compared with indirect subsidies to the Armenian economy [from the Russian Federation]. Let's not forget that preferential supplies of various natural resources, assistance provided by Russia, is a very significant contribution to the development of the republic and assistance to the Armenian people," Peskov noted.
He also emphasized that Russia will continue to support Armenia. "These are not verbal interventions, but de facto involvement in the settlement process. You know what role our peacekeepers play in accordance with the mandate that they have," the Kremlin representative said, URA.RU reports. Regarding the meeting of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia with the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Peskov noted that it was a planned visit.
"The minister carries out his trips according to the schedule of international contacts. This is a planned visit. It is absolutely normal that it took place, and it is normal that, while carrying out a planned visit, the Minister of Internal Affairs touches on pressing current issues," Dmitry Peskov said.
Russian media report that during a meeting with Pashinyan, Kolokoltsev said that the West wants to push Russia out of the South Caucasus. Meanwhile, the press release of the RA government only reported the fact of the meeting and discussion of the agenda of bilateral cooperation.