YEREVAN, June 23. / ARKA /. Russia stands ready to support the implementation of the Armenian-Turkish protocols, (signed in late 2009 to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries), said Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov today during a visit to Yerevan.
He said that even before the signing of the protocols and after it Russia would express its readiness to contribute to the normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations in a way that would suit both countries.
Speaking at a joint news conference with Armenian foreign minister Edward Nalbandyan he said the ideas to implement joint infrastructure projects, including railway projects, which could bind the nations and districts remain in force, but ‘the first role belongs here to Armenia and Turkey’ while Russia on its part is ready to assist their implementation.
Edward Nalbandian said that “Russia is doing what it can." He said Lavrov attended in October 2009 the signing ceremony of the Armenian-Turkish protocols, symbolizing Russia's support for the normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations.
He said the position of Russia and other countries, which supported this process, has been expressed in numerous statements about an unconditional ratification and implementation of the 2009 protocols.
Sergei Lavrov on Monday visited the Genocide Memorial Complex in Yerevan to pay tribute to the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.
Lavrov is in Yerevan on an official visit at the invitation of Edward Nalbandian. He is scheduled to meet also with President Serzh Sargsyan. -0-