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

Excerpts from the transcript:

Mikhail Mishustin: Mr Pashinyan, colleagues, I am delighted to see you in the Russian Federation, in Kazan, the capital city of Tatarstan, for a meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.

First of all, I would like to convey warms greetings and best regards from President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

We value our fraternal relations with Armenia, our allied and strategic relations that go back decades. Next year we will celebrate 30 years of our diplomatic relations and 25 years of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation with Armenia.

The measures which the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia adopted after the conclusion of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh on 9 November 2020 and 11 January 2021 offered broad opportunities for join activities. We should begin by unblocking all economic and transport communications and creating new infrastructure routes. This will create conditions for the sustainable development of the South Caucasus.

Russia is helping. We are providing extensive humanitarian assistance. The Interdepartmental Humanitarian Response Center is working to create conditions for the return of refugees to their homes and the subsequent restoration of the infrastructure.

Russia remains the leading partner of Armenia. Our joint companies are implementing ambitious economic projects. Regrettably, coronavirus had a negative effect on the dynamic of our bilateral trade: last year it declined by approximately 10 percent to some $ 2.3 billion. This definitely not good enough. I propose instructing our intergovernmental commission – the Russian co-chair is Alexei Overchuk, who you know very well – to prepare new initiatives to increase trade and mutual investment with Armenia.

We are also working together energetically to put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have sent test kits and reagents to Armenia, and now we are sending supplies of the Sputnik V vaccine.

I would like to thank you for using the Traveling without COVID-19 mobile application, created by the Eurasian Development Bank, for trips by Armenian citizens to Russia. This is a very positive trend. After all, we are simplifying the travel procedure for our citizens to travel between our countries.

We are also working together energetically within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union. The four freedoms – the free movement of goods, services, capital and workforce – are on our agenda. I am sure that the deepening of Eurasian integration is in the best interests of people and businesses in Russia and Armenia.

Mr Pashinyan, I am ready to discuss the relevant current issues, including our bilateral agenda, with you. Please, go ahead.

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