MOSCOW — Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Monday.
Ararat Mirzoyan and Sergey Lavrov discussed in detail a number of issues related to the further development of the Armenian-Russian strategic partnership and allied relations, including cooperation in the trade, economic, scientific and cultural spheres.
Noting that this year marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Russia and the 25th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, the parties welcomed the active dialogue established at the highest level, the cooperation within CSTO, EAEU, CIS and other international organizations.
The interlocutors discussed a wide range of regional security and stability issues. Thoughts were exchanged on issues of border demarcation and security between Armenia and Azerbaijan, work on unblocking economic and transport infrastructure in the region.
Issues related to the settlement of Armenian-Azerbaijani relations and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were discussed.
Ararat Mirzoyan highlighted the efforts of the Russian side, including within the co-chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group, aimed at a lasting and comprehensive settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The importance of implementing the agreements concluded by the tripartite declarations of November 9, 2020, January 11, 2021 and November 26 was reaffirmed.
The role of the Russian peacekeeping force in Nagorno-Karabakh in strengthening the ceasefire regime in the conflict zone and preventing provocations, ensuring the safety and living conditions of the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh was highlighted.
Referring to the humanitarian problems caused by the 44-day war, Ararat Mirzoyan stressed the need to repatriate Armenian prisoners of war and other detained persons as soon as possible, as well as the need to preserve the Armenian historical and cultural heritage in the territories under control. from Azerbaijan.
Ministers Mirzoyan and Lavrov discussed the process of organizing the planned state visit of the President of the Russian Federation to Armenia and the CSTO Collective Security Council session to be held in Yerevan.