Sargsyan - Putin meeting opens up new prospects for Armenian - Russian relations
YEREVAN, March 17. /ARKA/. The latest meeting of the presidents of Russia and Armenia opens up new economic prospects for the two countries, as well as for regional cooperation, Gagik Makaryan, the chairman of the National Union of Employers of Armenia, said today.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan paid an official visit to Moscow on March 14-15, where he had talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
"Russia is in a difficult situation now because of Western sanctions. That was why regional cooperation was high on the president’s agenda. Russia needs to enhance the Eurasian Economic Union to show that it is a steady structure that can be beneficial for its member countries. In this sense, Armenia can play a key role," he told journalists.
According to Makaryan, in this context Armenia can also strengthen its role as a mediator in economic relations with Iran, which is willing to cooperate with the Eurasian Economic Union.
According to Makaryan, Sargsyan and Putin discussed also the upcoming parliamentary elections in Armenia, as the Russian side is interested in the future alignment of political forces, as well as in Armenia's negotiations on a new framework agreement with the European Union.
"Russia needs to be sure whether this agreement will be in its interests or vice versa," Makaryan added. -0-