Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Monday received Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk.
Welcoming the guest, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said,
“Dear Alexei Logvinovich,
I welcome you in Yerevan and I am very happy that you participate in the Armenian-Russian business forum. This is a very important event for us, and we hope it will help attract new Russian investments to Armenia. Of course, we are very interested that Russian businessmen of Armenian origin should be active, especially now when we are in the post-war recovery phase. In this sense, this is also an important opportunity to discuss the ongoing activities of the trilateral working group on the opening of regional communications. And, as I have mentioned several times, we are very interested in the opening of communications, as we see it as an opportunity to overcome the blockade of Armenia, in which, unfortunately, we have been for more than 25 years. We hope that as a result of the work we will reach concrete decisions.
I would also like to thank you for organizing the works of the trilateral group at a high level. I am very glad that you are so interested in this issue. It is very important for us to finally get a railway connection with Russia, which will open new opportunities for the development of our economy and our integration into the Eurasian Economic Union. This will make our membership in the Eurasian Economic Union even more effective. ”
Russian Deputy PM Alexei Overchuk said,
“Honorable Nikol Vovayevich,
Thank you for taking the time to meet. As we agreed during our last meeting in Yerevan, a Russian business forum is being organized in Yerevan, and this is the first visit of the Russian business mission to Armenia in the post-war period. Since the morning we have already held a series of round tables, where representatives of Armenian and Russian business gathered. Today, Mher Herbertovich and I went around all the round tables, and these are round tables on the development of infrastructure, transport, energy, environment, innovation. The most important are the contacts that take place, there are ideas about some projects, they are followed by discussions and intentions to establish contacts. In other words, this is a work aimed at the future, and it is welcoming. That is why we have come to restore, to strengthen, to improve our ties.
There are really opportunities, and here are the representatives of the Russian development institutes, the representatives of the Russian State Development Corporation which in turn also has the opportunity to finance export transactions and their insurance.
This whole toolkit can really work to make our economic ties more effective, to develop them, to raise economic relations between Russia and Armenia to the level they should be. Of course, as you rightly mentioned, it is very important also for the development of ties within the Eurasian Economic Union’’.
The interlocutors exchanged views on the various issues.
It should be noted that this morning Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk together with Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan took part in the "Armenian-Russian economic cooperation: Promising projects" event organized in the sidelines of the visit of the Russian business delegation to Armenia.