21 Nov 2017 15:34

Moscow, Yerevan successfully advance joint initiatives in economics, energy, military-technical cooperation - Putin

YEREVAN. Nov 21 (Interfax) - Relations between Russia and Armenia have been developing successfully, and the two countries are promoting joint initiatives in the fields of the economics, energy, transport, and military-technical cooperation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his greetings.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov read out Putin's greetings to the audience at the opening of a history exhibition titled "Russia and Armenia: time-tested friendship."

"Importantly, the Russian-Armenian dialogue is successfully developing with real actions and plans for the future," Putin said.

The two countries "are promoting joint initiatives in the field of economics, energy, transport, and military-technical cooperation, are stepping up interaction in culture, science, and education, and support one another on the international stage," Putin said.

"This exhibition will become a keynote event in the life of the two countries, and the materials it presents will prove a special relationship based on trust," he said.

"Russia and Armenia are not just good neighbors; we are bonded with shared history, pride in the feats of our ancestors, and traditions of friendship and mutual understanding that we cherish," Putin said.

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said, for his part, that the people of Armenia and Russia are "connected by numerous deep ties" and "the width and depth of our relations speak volumes."

The two chiefs of state have had over 100 meetings over the past decade, which is only natural for allies, Nalbandian said.

Lavrov cancelled a stamp dedicated to the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Armenia.