Russian, Armenian speakers discuss Georgian border closure

1 Oct 04


On 1 October in Yerevan, Armenian Speaker Artur Bagdasaryan and
Russian Federation Council Speaker Sergey Mironov discussed the
transport situation that has lately come about on the Russian-Georgian

"Armenian friends have taken Russia's measures with understanding,"
Mironov told a briefing following the meeting, adding that "the sides
should tackle this task taking into account the interests of Armenia,
which is Russia's strategic partner in the Caucasus".

"We need to resolve this situation in a way that will not affect the
transport problems of Armenia," Mironov said. There are still Chechen
fighters in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge, which was also proved by [Chechen
rebel president] Aslan Maskhadov in his interview to Georgian TV.

[Passage omitted: a joint statement was signed by Russian and Armenian