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The meeting took place on the sidelines of the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.

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Conversation between Mikhail Mishustin and Acting Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan

Mikhail Mishustin: Dear Nikol Vovaevich, dear colleagues, I am glad to see you in the Russian Federation, in Tatarstan, in the city of Kazan at a meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.

First of all, I would like to convey to you warm greetings and best wishes from Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.

We value fraternal relations with Armenia. They have been of a long-term allied and strategic nature. Next year we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and the 25th anniversary of the concluded agreement on friendship and cooperation with Armenia.

The statements of the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia on November 9, 2020 and January 11, 2021, adopted after the end of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, opened up great opportunities for joint work. This is, first of all, the unblocking of all economic and transport links, the creation of new infrastructure routes. All this will create conditions for sustainable development of the Transcaucasian region.

Russia is helping. We provide large-scale humanitarian assistance. And through the Interdepartmental Center for Humanitarian Response, conditions are being created for the return of refugees to their places of permanent residence and the subsequent restoration of infrastructure.

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Russia remains Armenia’s leading partner. Our joint ventures are implementing major economic projects. Unfortunately, the coronavirus has affected the dynamics of bilateral trade – last year our joint trade fell by about 10% to about $ 2.3 billion. Of course, this situation does not suit us. I propose to instruct our intergovernmental commission (from us – Alexey Logvinovich Overchuk, you are well aware) to prepare new initiatives to increase trade, increase mutual investments with Armenia.

We are also actively jointly fighting the coronavirus – we handed over test systems and reagents to the Armenian side, and the Russian Sputnik V vaccine was supplied.

I would very much like to thank you for the fact that Armenia is actively using the mobile application “Traveling without COVID-19” developed by the Eurasian Development Bank for citizens’ trips to Russia. This is a very good trend. In the end, we simplify all procedures for the movement of citizens between our countries.

We are also actively cooperating in the Eurasian Economic Union. All four freedoms – the movement of goods, services, capital and labor – are on the agenda today. I am sure that the deepening of Eurasian integration meets the interests of citizens and entrepreneurs of both Russia and Armenia.

I am ready to discuss with you, dear Nikol Vovaevich, topical issues, including our bilateral agenda. Please, you have the floor.

N. Pashinyan: Thank you very much, Mikhail Vladimirovich. Dear Rustam Nurgalievich, dear colleagues!

I am very glad to meet you today. This is my first time in Tatarstan. We all know that this is one of the most significant and developed regions of Russia.

I am sure that during our talks and today’s meeting, meetings of the EAEU Intergovernmental Council, effective decisions will be made and discussions will take place.

As you have already said, our bilateral relations are developing systematically and rather actively. The strategic relationship between the Russian Federation and Armenia is deepening. It is easy to see that our bilateral relations have intensified, and this is a very good factor for the stability of our region.

I would like to especially note the role that Russia and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin played in ending the war in Nagorno-Karabakh. I want to emphasize that I assess the activities of the Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh as effective. It is already obvious to us now.

You rightly noted that we are working on a trilateral commission headed by the vice-premiers of the Russian Federation, Armenia and Azerbaijan. We are very constructive in this regard. But I want to note that, unfortunately, Azerbaijan has not yet fulfilled a very important article of the trilateral statement of November 9 by the President of Russia, the Prime Minister of Armenia and the President of Azerbaijan. This applies to the return of prisoners of war, hostages and other detainees. I would like to thank the Russian Federation for the efforts it is making to resolve this issue.

We highly appreciate the work of the Trilateral Commission, because the opening of regional communications can change the entire economic situation in our region.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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