Armenian PM and Russian deputy prime minister discuss exchange of POWS, economy and other issues


YEREVAN, January 3. /ARKA/. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received on Sunday Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk, the Armenian government said.

It quoted Pashinyan as saying that the visit was especially important in the context of Armenian-Russian cooperation and discussion of the situation in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).

Pashinyan appreciated highly the role that the Russian Federation played in the cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh and the establishment of the ceasefire, saying that the presence of Russian peacekeeping troops in Nagorno-Karabakh is an important factor and guarantee of security of the local Armenian population

Pashinyan also praised the personal efforts of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the constructive role of Russia in stabilizing the situation in Artsakh.

For his part, Overchuk reconfirmed Russia’s support for the friendly Armenian people in this difficult period saying it was ready to continue the programs aimed at developing the Armenian-Russian strategic cooperation.

Pashinyan and Overchuk discussed the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, humanitarian aid provided to it, the exchange of bodies of killed soldiers and prisoners of war, as well as the Armenian-Russian relations. The two men stressed the importance of consistent work on the exchange of prisoners of war.
Pashinyan and Overchuk also discussed Armenian-Russian cooperation in such areas as economy, energy, development of transport infrastructure and the fight against coronavirus.


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