Russian president Vladimir Putin, paid a short trip to Armenia on Tuesday, 1 October, to participate in the summit of the leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which groups together Russia and four other former Soviet republics.
Before leaving Yerevan Putin also had a bilateral meeting with Armenian prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan. At the start of the meeting Putin hailed the strategic nature of the relations between Armenia and Russia.
"I would like to reaffirm the strategic nature of our relations. We are linked not only by the events of the past few years or decades but by a centuries-long history of ties", he said.
Putin also congratulated Pashinyan on the success of the EAEU summit
"I would like to congratulate you as the President of the EAEU on the results of the summit in Yerevan. These are very positive results as regards the development of our ties with third countries. You have just said this. What is no less and probably even more important for us is that there was not a single setback. On the contrary, all agreements between EAEU members have been reached. You have done everything you could for this productive work. Therefore, I would like to congratulate you and thank you for this. Thank you."
In Yerevan the Russian leader also had a bilateral meeting with the president of Iran Rouhani, who was attending the summit as a guest.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies.
photo:The leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union member states at their meeting in Yerevan on 1 October 2019 (picture courtesy of the press service of the president of Russia).
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