Voice of Russia
Dec 2 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Gyumri, the first
leg of his state visit to Armenia. Later he will attend a meeting of
the Third Russian-Armenian Interregional Forum, where the presidents
of Russia and Armenia will make their first appearance at the forum,
whose main theme is the upcoming accession of Armenia to the Customs
Union and the Common Economic Space.

Putin will come from the airport to the Gyumri Drama Theater to
participate in the commissioning of the fifth unit of the Razdan
thermal power plant during a teleconference. This is a unique project
incorporating the newest engineering solutions: it combines steam
turbine and gas turbine technologies for the first time ever. The
unit's rated output is 467 megawatts.

The Russian president will attend a meeting of the Third
Russian-Armenian Interregional Forum. The presidents of Russia and
Armenia will make their first appearance at the forum, whose main
theme is the upcoming accession of Armenia to the Customs Union and
the Common Economic Space.

All the Armenian regions and more than 70 regions of Russia are
engaged in interregional cooperation between Russia and Armenia. The
forum will have over 600 delegates.

After the forum Putin will lay wreaths to the monument to the victims
of the Spitak earthquake and visit the Russian military base in Gyumri.

The Russian force stationed in Armenia is committed to covering the
southern flank of Russia and to protect Armenia as a member of the
Collective Security Treaty.

The enlargement of the Russian military base was announced in 2005
after the signing of a number of bilateral documents.

Armenia transferred some land plots and real estate items to the
base. The staff of the Russian forces formerly deployed in the South
Caucasus and some of the personnel and armaments previously stationed
in Georgia have been transferred to the base.

The Russian president will tour the base and speak to Russian
servicemen before he goes to Yerevan.

After his arrival in Yerevan, Putin and Armenian President Serzh
Sargsian will lay wreaths to the memorial to the victims of the
Armenian genocide.

The presidents will have a meeting and participate in Russian-Armenian
negotiations. The negotiations will end with the signing of joint
documents and a statement by the two presidents for the press.

Putin arrives in Armenia to discuss trade, economy, culture and
humanitarian aid with Armenian President

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday is arriving in Armenia on
a state visit. Central streets and squares of the country's capital
Yerevan are decorated with state tricoloured flags of the two countries
that maintain allied relations.

Russia and Armenia are currently tied by close co-operation in the
political, economic, military and humanitarian spheres.

"The volume, depth and level of allied strategic interaction between
Armenia and Russia speak for themselves, but we can and should achieve
more," Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said.

According to him, "such an intensive political dialogue is natural
between countries-allies."

"Armenia and Russia have signed more than 200 treaties and agreements,
the bilateral regulatory framework is being permanently improved,"
the minister said. "In terms of the trade-economic relations Russia
is our number one partner, half of the total foreign investment in
Armenia is made by Russia."

"More than 1,300 enterprises with Russian capital work in our country,"
Nalbandian said. "Economic relations in such spheres as communications,
transport, energy, including nuclear energy, information technology,
the mining industry, agriculture are successfully developing."

"The intergovernmental commission for economic co-operation, the
military-technical co-operation commission, inter-parliamentary
commission are working effectively," the minister said.

"We pay considerable attention to the development of interregional
contacts: all Armenian regions and more than 70 subjects of the
Russian Federation are involved in this work," Nalbandian stressed.

The humanitarian relations are on the rise.

"We intend to continue to exert efforts aimed at further raising
efficiency of foreign political coordination," Nalbandian said. "We
seek to continue fruitful cooperation within the framework of
international organisations based on respect for mutual interests."

Yerevan has great expectations of the country's participation in
Eurasian integration. "Armenia is linked with the Customs Union
countries by thousands of threads, one-third of our exports go to
Russia," Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said at a plenary meeting
on the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in
Strasbourg on October 2.

Putin to pay State visit to Armenia

Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay a State visit to Armenia
on Monday, the Kremlin press service reported.

"The tour will begin with the city of Gyumri where Putin together
with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will visit Russian Military
Base 102, and attend a 3rd Russo-Armenian interregional forum,"
a press service official pointed out.

Then Russia-Armenia talks at summit level will be held in Yerevan.

The agenda includes key items concerning bilateral cooperation,
including that in trade-and-economic, cultural-and-humanitarian fields.

"The sides are expected to exchange views on the implementation of
accords reached as a result of Sargsyan's visit to Moscow on September
3, as well as discuss further steps towards Armenia's accession to the
Customs Union and the Common Economic Space of Belarus, Kazakhstan,
and Russia," a Kremlin source pointed out.

A number of joint documents are to be signed as a result of the talks.