Armenian president, Russian speaker discuss terrorism, economic ties

2 Oct 04


Armenian President Robert Kocharyan met Russian Federation Council
Speaker Sergey Mironov today.

Arminfo news agency learnt from the Armenian presidential press
service that Kocharyan had spoken highly about Armenian-Russian
strategic partnership developing rather efficiently and dynamically.

Having described his talks in Armenia as useful, Mironov said that the
talks were focused on fighting terrorism and a special statement was
adopted. The statement calls for consolidating efforts of civil
society to fight this evil.

Kocharyan said that the current stage of Armenian-Russian relations
was characterized by deepening mutually beneficial economic
cooperation. He added that economy must become the basis of the
bilateral relations and spoke about the importance of intensifying the
activity of the Armenian-Russian intergovernment commission for
economic cooperation.

Mironov said that the Russian members of the commission were expected
to visit Armenia in a few days to discuss all topical issues of
economic cooperation.

The sides also discussed a need for expanding direct ties and
cooperation between administrative regions of Armenia and Russia. They
spoke about the importance of cooperation between MPs within the
framework of various international organizations.

The meeting also discussed the closure of the Russian-Georgian border
that caused a number of serious problems for Armenia in terms of cargo
and passenger transportation.