Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received today the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergey Shoygu and his delegation.
“This is a very important visit. I would like to note that during the war we have always felt the support of the Russian Federation, the Russian President, the Prime Minister, your personal support. I want to thank you for that,” PM Pashinyan said as he welcomed the Russian Defense Minister.
Of course, he said, times were challenging even before the war, but now it is a more difficult period. “We hope that during this period we will be able to deepen our cooperation with the Russian Federation, including in the field of security, not only security but also military-technical cooperation.”
“Now, of course, the military-political situation in our region is different. It has changed, all the parameters of that situation still need to be studied. And, of course, I am sure that in the near future, in the strategic future, our relations will continue to deepen, our cooperation will become closer and more strategic the spirit of Armenia-Russia strategic partnership and brotherly relations,” PM Pashinyan said.
In his speech, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu noted. “Dear Nikol Vova, thank you for the reception և meeting.
Russian Defense Minister, in turn, thanked for the reception, and said: “We have come here with concrete, specific issues. You know that after the signed statement we invited the peacekeeping force in the fastest terms, and completed the deployment the day before yesterday. These days we have deployed forces in practically the whole territory of Karabakh with 23 observation posts, we control the road leading to Stepanakert, the Lachin corridor, we provide the movement, the return of the refugees who had left their homes.”
He added that much work is expected in the future to establish a peaceful life in Karabakh.
“Of course, our main task is to prevent bloodshed, a task set before us by our Commander-in-Chief, and we, no doubt, intend to carry it out. In addition, we intend to discuss issues related to the future life and work of our peacekeepers and what is needed for that. And, of course, to discuss all the issues related to our cooperation, both in the military and in the military-technical direction. We have come here with an extensive program, we hope to implement it. Thank you,” he said.
A wide range of issues related to the situation in Nagorno Karabakh, military and military-technical cooperation between Armenia and Russia were discussed during the meeting.