New Armenian PM tells Putin he wants closer ties with Russian Federation

New Armenian PM tells Putin he wants closer ties with Russian Federation

New Armenian PM tells Putin he wants closer ties with Russian Federation

The Armenian prime minister also said that bilateral relations had huge potential "both economics-and politics-wise".

There are no and will be no problems in the relations between Belarus and Armenia, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with Armenia Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on the sidelines of the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Sochi, Belta news agency reported.

".We really appreciate the balanced position which Russian Federation adopted during our domestic crisis", said Pashinyan.

"When you are in the opposition which has no possibility to examine structural issues on an administrative level, that is with the current authorities, then one option you have is to raise issues to get a reaction".

Nevertheless, the Kremlin clearly remained skeptical of Pashinyan's intentions. "Now I'm prime minister, and I'm not acting as a member of any faction or party", he said in an interview with Russia-24 ahead of the Sochi summit.

"I think that relations between Yerevan and Moscow will change for the better". I think it was a very constructive position that is highly appreciated not only by our government, but also by the Armenian society. "Long live the Armenian-Russian friendship!", the PM said. He expressed gratitude to Russian Federation for the attitude towards the Armenian community and for creating conditions for their normal activity, but added that the goal of everyone must be the repatriation. Now many Russian tourists are coming to Armenia, which is encouraging. So, our nation is united around the Republic of Armenia, the Armenian people are rallied around the homeland: they are firmly determined, full of energy to rebuild and strengthen Armenia and Artsakh. At the same time, Nikol Pashinyan highlighted the importance of diversifying Armenia's investment portfolio, including the British investments.

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