Pashinyan and Putin Meet: Armenia, Russia Outline Strategic Directions of Cooperation

Armenian Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin outlined Armenia-Russia cooperation strategic directions as they met in Moscow on Thursday, December 27 2018.

Pashinyan said that a wide range of issues had been discussed at the meeting. “I can say that in this matter, we fully understand what strategic direction the development between our countries should have: Pashinyan said.

As a whole, he said, the atmosphere of the meeting was very positive. He stressed that his meetings with the Russian president are very frequent, and this shows their special strategic nature. In his words, they didn’t discuss Karabakh conflict at their meeting, and instead discussed the strategic aspects and content of Armenia-Russia relations. Pashinyan said that relations between the two countries are so comprehensive that our contacts are still few to discuss all the issues in details. And this means, he said, that these contacts should be continued and not be limited to meetings between the president and the premier – the two countries’ governing institutions agencies should contact each other and the interaction culture should develop.

The Discuss Institutional Solutions on CSTO

Strategic essence and content of the Collective Security Treaty Organization were briefly discussed at the meeting between Armenian Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pashinyan said in his live address to the Armenian people on his Facebook page upon his return to Moscow. “Our stance is that we need institutional solutions here to make in the CSTO regulations the amendments foreseeing such situations for avoiding such disputes caused by the lack of coordination,” Pashinyan said.

The turmoil in the Russian-led Collective Security Treat Organization (CSTO) was triggered by Armenia’s decision in early November to recall Yuri Khachaturov, a former chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces, who had been serving as CSTO secretary general. In Armenia, Khachaturov had been charged with involvement in the violent crackdown on the opposition in the aftermath of the disputed presidential election in 2008. Armenia insists that the position should be held by its representative until the end of Khachaturov’s term, which ends in mid 2019.

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