February 15
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YEREVAN. – Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Tuesday received Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Russia and the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance and was productive in terms of strengthening bilateral relations, Armenian leader said.

“Relations are characterized as genuinely allied. I fully share this opinion, because these relations are distinguished by a high level of political dialogue at all levels, broad coordination of foreign policy activities, fruitful cooperation on international platforms, very good interaction in the economic, military and technical and humanitarian spheres,” President Sargsyan said.

He stressed the importance of active reciprocal visits during which during the past few months Armenia was visited by the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, the ministers of industry education, health, and these days the visit of the foreign minister.

Noting that the Armenian-Russian relations are developing consistently, the President stressed that further work should continue in the direction of developing interstate relations, strengthening the friendship of the Armenian and Russian peoples.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov expressed gratitude for the reception and conveyed to President Serzh Sargsyan the warm greetings of Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the meeting, the Minister presented the results of the talks with his colleague and the discussions that took place during his official visit.

“Edward Nalbandian and I participated in the opening ceremony of the exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 20th anniversary of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance. We held detailed talks, addressed the media, reviewed all our areas alliance, strategic partnership. I will not repeat it, because there is not a single area of activity where Russia and Armenia have not a formal but a real mechanism of practical interaction. And the fact that you highly appreciate our cooperation on foreign policy is a great honor for us. We are trying to justify your trust and confidence of the Russian president,” Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said.

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