In the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin met with Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, who is in Russia on a working visit.
The two leaders discussed key issues of developing allied Russian-Armenian relations and cooperation in Eurasia, including in the Eurasian Economic Union and the Collective Security Treaty Organisation.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mister Prime Minister, I am very pleased to see you.
I think there is no need to qualify our relations: they are very special. It has been so for centuries, not just since you and I have started working together.
Today, relations between Russia and Armenia are developing at a steady pace in all areas, including politics, military and security matters, and the economy.
Russia is firmly Armenia’s largest economic partner. Our country is Armenia’s biggest investor, and as I can point out, our investments are quite diverse.
They include energy, such as hydrocarbons, with gas delivery at $150 for 1000 cubic metres, which is the lowest rate in the world for Gazprom. There is also nuclear and thermal energy. We are going forward in various fields in the metals industry, and machine building. So we have quite a lot to talk about here.
It is especially pleasing that bilateral trade grew by nearly 30 percent last year, with a 22.2 percent increase in the first six months of 2018. At this rate, we will surpass last year’s indicators.
Our countries have a lot to work together on. I am very glad to see you to compare notes on our current and medium-term relations.