"Russia-Armenia: on the way to a strategic partnership"


An expert meeting 'Russia and Armenia on the ways to strategic
partnership' has opened. Representatives of the Armenian embassy were
at the meeting. The history department of the Moscow State University
of Lomonosov has been studying Armenian history from ancient to modern
times. The department is training specialists with knowledge of
Armenian language, who will become competent and skilled experts in
the South Caucasus, Alexey Vlasov, Editor-in-Chief of Vestnik Kavkaza
said, greeting participants of the meeting.

The interest in studying Armenia and the South Caucasus is obvious.
Russia and Armenia were developing as a single state for centuries.
Russia had Armenian quarters, there were Russian-Armenian families
forming. Chairman of the Russian State Duma Boris Gryzlov believes
that Armenia is a Russian outpost in the South Caucasus, a member of
OSCE and an observer of EurAsEs, Vlasov reminded guests.

The countries are developing social and cultural ties. A
Russian-Armenian state university has been operating since 1999 in
Yerevan. Armenian students have special free places for studying in
Russian higher education centers, the number of Russian language
schools and classes is rising in Armenia. Although Armenia is a
monoethical state, Russian speaking civilians in the republic are
united in the organization of compatriots. There are Russian
publications, TV channels, information agencies such as Regnum and RIA
Novosti. The most important factor determining Russian-Armenian
friendship are the economic projects based on legislature, supported
by inter-government and inter-state agreements, including the ones
guaranteeing protection of Russian business in Armenia, Vlasov went
on.


The number of enterprises with Russian capital in Armenia exceeds
1,500. Russian offices are opening in Armenia, Russian banks are
opening credit lines for Armenian finance institutions. For example,
Gazprom Bank is the owner of Areksim bank. Russian investors are
actively investing into projects related to fuel and energy complexes,
in particular, the Razdan combined heat and power plant, functioning
of stable cell phone communication. In other words, it is full-fledged
bilateral cooperation, which can be viewed as the perspective
promotion of Russian interests not only in Armenia, but also in the
South Caucasian region as a whole, the editor-in-chief said.

The prospects of bilateral cooperation are, first of all, partnership,
the aspects of which have been determined and agreed on in the last
decade. This includes the prolongation of the Russian military base's
presence in Armenia. Russia will play the role of a fair judge in
resolving South Caucasus conflicts, including the situation around
South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

After signing the Mayedorf Declaration, Russia maintains the necessary
pace of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process between Armenia and
Azerbaijan.


The world around us is obviously changing and it is impossible to
fully predict the trends and changes. It is obvious that the main
defense against new risks and challenges are the instruments of
integration both in bilateral and unilateral format. Joint efforts
will allow us to preserve the basis of international cooperation,
which was being built for centuries between the two brotherly peoples.
There are hopes that the meeting will be the first step in
establishing systemic ties between the history department of Moscow
State University and the Armenian embassy, Vlasov concluded.


Author: Alexey Vlasov.

1215 views


More Russian news

85th anniversary of the birth of Farman Salmanov

85th anniversary of the birth of Farman Salmanov

Today is the 85th anniversary of the birth of the most famous Soviet geologist, the discoverer of oil in Siberia, Farman Salmanov. The Surgut History Museum has organized an open day at the memorial complex of …

Russian Foreign Ministry: Jabhat al-Nusra remains terrorist group

Russian Foreign Ministry: Jabhat al-Nusra remains terrorist group

Any attempt by a terrorist organization to change its image is futile, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, commenting on the Nusra Front leader’s announcement of a split from al-Qaeda. In a Thursday video, Nusra Front leader …

Dollar and euro slightly react to Central Bank#039s decision on key rate

Dollar and euro slightly react to Central Bank's decision on key rate

The dollar and the euro exchanged rates briefly declined after the decision of the Bank of Russia to maintain its key rate at 10.5% per annum. Thus, the dollar exchange rate before the publication of the release on the key rate (at …

Russian Central Bank slows down key rate reduction

Russian Central Bank slows down key rate reduction

The Board of Directors of the Russian Central Bank has decided to maintain its key rate at 10.5% per annum at the today's meeting. "The decision and further tight monetary policy will contribute to achieving the inflation …

Oil price of oil below $42 again

Oil price of oil below $42 again

The cost of the futures of Brent crude oil on London's ICE trading decreased to $ 41.85 per barrel, which is 1.99% below the level of trading on July 28, breaking the mark of $42 per barrel. It is worth noting that the …

Putin and Rouhani to step up Russian-Iranian ties to next level

Putin and Rouhani to step up Russian-Iranian ties to next level

The meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani will upgrade bilateral relations, the Iranian Communications Minister and head of the Iran-Russia joint economic …

Supreme Allied Commander Europe: we consider recent thaw in Turkish-Russian relations positive

Supreme Allied Commander Europe: we consider recent thaw in Turkish-Russian relations positive

The United States is closely watching the growing ties between Turkey and Russia, but considers the recent thaw in relations positive, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations, Gen. Curtis …

Novak: changes to Turkey’s legislation to accelerate Akkuyu project implementation

Novak: changes to Turkey’s legislation to accelerate Akkuyu project implementation

Changes to Turkey’s legislation will make it possible to accelerate the implementation of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant construction project, the Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said. "We did …

China and Russia are going to hold #039routine#039 naval drills in the South China Sea​

China and Russia are going to hold 'routine' naval drills in the South China Sea​

The exercises come at a time of heightened tension in the contested waters after an arbitration court in the Hague ruled this month that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea

 Novak: Turkish Stream pipeline becoming more attractive

Novak: Turkish Stream pipeline becoming more attractive

The project of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline construction is becoming more attractive for Ankara and Moscow because of the rising cost of gas transit through Ukraine, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said. …

more Russian news