YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The prime minister of Armenia Andranik Margarian met today with the secretary of Russia’s Security Council Vladimir Rushailo and his delegation–to outline future cooperation between Armenia and Russia. Margarian and Rushailo agreed that existing laws greatly support the growing cooperation and enable political–economic–and military collaboration.
The sides praised Russian and Armenian cooperation within the framework of the CIS Collective Security Treaty–the "Caucasian Four," and various international structures.
Noting increased trade between the two countries–the two leaders stressed the importance of the inter-governmental commission on economic cooperation. The new Russian appointment to co-chair the commission will soon replace the existing Ilya Klebanov. Rushailo said that this will be done swiftly so as not to disrupt the work of the commission.
Both leaders agreed that plans can only go forward with not only joint efforts–but also require the cooperation of other countries in the region.
Rushailo and his delegation–along with Armenia’s deputy defense minister Michael Grigorian–and Russia’s ambassador to Armenia Anatoli Dryukov–met with His Holiness Karekin II.
Rushailo–conveying the importance of the Armenian Apostolic and Russian Orthodox Churches’ roles in strengthening the friendship between the two nations–presented His Holiness with the Medal of Honor of the Russian Security Council.