Pashinyan to Putin: Relations between Armenia and Russia are developing rapidly

Caucasus (, - Today we held a meeting of the CSTO Collective Security Council. It was not possible to reach a consensus on all issues, but the majority - fifteen out of seventeen - were adopted, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan noted today, November 23, at the beginning of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The head of the government of the Transcaucasian republic stated the development of bilateral economic ties "at a great pace."

“This year, exports from Armenia to the Russian Federation have increased by 80 percent. Of course, this is due to some changes in supply chains, but in general, this is a fact that creates opportunities, new opportunities for economic cooperation,” the prime minister said.

Today we have already discussed and will discuss issues of a regional nature, issues of regional security, he continued.

“There are many questions, and I also spoke about this during the meeting of the CSC - about the observance of tripartite agreements, statements that we adopted with the President of Azerbaijan with your help and with your mediation. These are very important issues, which, of course, we must discuss the agenda, which, we hope, will lead to long-term peace in our region," Pashinyan emphasized, addressing Putin.

The head of the Russian state, in turn, thanked his interlocutor for the invitation and congratulated him on the successful completion of the chairmanship in the CSTO.

“Indeed, Armenia carried out this work at a very high level, actively. Of course, it is never, probably, or very rarely, very possible to agree on all issues, but on the whole, the work went very intensively and with benefit, ”the Russian President stated.

Putin characterized bilateral relations with Armenia as unconditionally allied, having ancient, deep roots.

“As for today, indeed, if last year the trade turnover grew by 12 percent, then in the first nine months of this year it has grown by 67 percent. Yes, this is due to the peculiarities of today, but, of course, it will be a good contribution to the piggy bank and for the future - here we have no doubts. You and I ... discussed issues of a regional nature, including issues of settlement in the region, talked about unblocking transport arteries. I am very glad that on the sidelines of today's events there is an opportunity to hold a bilateral meeting," Putin summed up.

The decision to provide assistance to Armenia from the CSTO is almost ready, but needs some refinement, Secretary General of the organization Stanislav Zas said earlier on Wednesday at a briefing after a meeting of the CSTO Collective Security Council in Yerevan.

Pashinyan to Putin: Relations between Armenia and Russia are developing rapidly