Following their talks Mr Putin and Mr Sargsyan adopted a Joint Declaration and made statements for the press.
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Beginning of meeting with President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Sargsyan, friends, I would like to welcome in Moscow.
Soon, on April 3, we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Over the years, relations between Russia and Armenia have turned into a genuine alliance. We work together actively in all areas in international organisations, both in those established on the post-Soviet space, and in universal international organisations.
Many events have taken place over this time, but our relations have always been built on the deep roots that go back centuries, and that continue to form a solid foundation for the development of our ties today.
We know that this meeting today takes place as Armenia prepares for big events in its domestic political life, with a parliamentary election on April 2, and the constitutional reform. This is certainly not an easy process, but I am sure that, under your leadership, Armenia will get through this stage in its development.
We sincerely wish you success.
President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan: Thank you, Mr Putin.
Thank you for the invitation to make this official visit to Russia.
Our cooperation is constantly enriched with new areas, new issues coming up, and our regular summits enable us to review the situation and outline our main cooperation plans for the upcoming future.
Yes, this is indeed an anniversary year for our relations. We are marking the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations. These years have become a time of close cooperation and we have indeed built a true alliance.
The nature of our relations sets the agenda. I am sure that today’s meeting will be substantive and will take place in an atmosphere of complete trust.
Thank you for the invitation and for the warm welcome.