President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev: Dear Serzh Azatovich!
I am glad to see you. We meet regularly. The last time we talked in detail was during your visit to Moscow. The visit was informative and, in my opinion, our dialogue continues to evolve. You know its results. There is nevertheless even more potential for growth. I think that we will also talk about economic problems.
But I will not hide the fact that I would like to exchange opinions on international issues and foreign policy. In just a few days the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organisation) summit will begin. Armenia will assume the presidency. I think that we can reflect on how to organise our work and share our thoughts in this regard. Especially since we have not seen each other since Georgia committed an aggression against South Ossetia. Let's talk about these difficult issues. I am glad to see you.
President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan: Thank you Dmitry Anatolyevich. These working meetings in Sochi between the presidents of Russia and Armenia have become a very good tradition. They represent a very good opportunity to calmly discuss both our bilateral relations as well as our relations in multilateral formats. So I really am happy. All the more so since, as you just mentioned, in these coming days Armenia will assume the presidency of the CSTO. By the way, we have recently held Rubezh-2008, the CSTO joint command and staff exercises, a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the CSTO, and tomorrow in Yerevan a meeting of the CSTO Security Council Secretaries will take place. I am therefore glad that we are meeting today.
Of course I would also like to discuss economic issues, further strengthening and deepening our relations within the CSTO and, of course, the situation that has developed in our region of the Caucasus.
This really is our first meeting after the events in South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Georgia. We talked about this over the phone. I would like to once again express my condolences with regards to the deaths of many people – Russian citizens, peacekeepers – my regret that the events developed the way they did, and wishes that the consequences of this humanitarian catastrophe can be eliminated as quickly as possible. Incidentally, in Armenia we have already been waiting for schoolchildren from South Ossetia for two weeks now. We have prepared educational laboratories in physics, chemistry and biology. We want to do everything we can to help mitigate these consequences.
Dmitry Medvedev: Thank you very much, Serzh Azatovich, for this humanitarian support. As for the rest, including the consequences of what happened, and bearing in mind our work in the CSTO, we will now talk about this tentatively with you, but the final position of the CSTO member states will be developed during the forthcoming summit in Moscow.