President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Sargsyan, I am very happy to see you. Thank you for coming, for accepting our invitation. This is already your second visit in recent months.
I am very happy that our relations are developing so actively in nearly all areas. There is frequent contact between our parliaments, cabinets and businesses. Indeed, I hope that in this respect, the result is positive.
Economically, our trade has increased over 23%. Russia remains Armenia’s number one trade and economic partner, and this is a stable trend.
I am very happy to see you in Moscow. Welcome!
President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan: Mr Putin, thank you very much for your invitation.
There is a number of issues that require discussion and decision-making, with the goal of strengthening our relations and fostering constructive processes.
Our relations, the relations between Armenia and Russia, are built on centuries-long traditions of friendship and brotherhood between our nations. I am confident that these relations will continue develop in the spirit of mutual understanding in accordance with our Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance.
I am confident that every generation of Armenians and Russians must contribute to the history of these relations. We value them and will do everything to ensure that they develop. This is an absolute priority for us.
At the same time, there are matters that need to be resolved – to ensure that our relations rise to a new, higher level. That is why I have come to Moscow. Thank you for the invitation.