Putin and Sargsyan discuss prospects of Armenia's joining EAEC
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 9
Presidents of Russia and Armenia Vladimir Putin and Serzh Sargsyan at the meeting in Sochi discussed prospects of Armenia's joining the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEC), the situation in Ukraine and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, RIA Novosti reported.
Opening the meeting, the Russian president said that relations between the two countries are "friendly, strategic in nature." He said, that the process of preparing accession of Armenia to the Eurasian Economic Union is underway, and promised to inform his colleague on the progress.
Sargsyan said that Armenia is concerned with the situation in Ukraine.
"Of course, we are concerned with the situation in Ukraine. If you find it necessary, could you please inform us about the measures being taken by Russia", - the head of Armenia said.
For its part, the Armenian president has promised to tell about the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, which has seriously deteriorated in recent days.
Earlier it was reported that Putin held a bilateral meeting with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.