Armenia's New Leader Pashinyan Meets Putin, Seeks Deeper Military Ties With Russia

Grant Boone
May 14, 2018

According to Oxu.Az, the due statement came from Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, commenting on USA sanctions against the products of the Russian military-industrial complex in his interview to "Russia 24" TV channel.

"I just had a phone conversation with widely known economist of Armenian origin Daren Acemoglu".

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) hailed the May 8th parliamentary vote for Prime Minister, noting, "I am gratified by the peaceful transition of power in Armenia and look forward to strengthening U.S".

Putin was among the first foreign leaders to congratulate Pashinyan, who had vowed to pursue friendly relations with Russian Federation.

The Armenian premier, for his part, said his country attaches great significance to the development of friendly relations with Iran based on mutual respect.

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Sargsyan was elected as prime minister on April 17.

He also called on the two countries' businesspeople to invest in Armenia.

Nikol Pashinyan and Hassan Rouhani discussed the prospects of Armenian-Iranian friendly relations and cooperation, as well as a number of global and regional issues.

The appointment ended weeks of street protests led by Pashinyan against the election of Serzh Sargsyan, Armenia's president for the past 10 years, to the premiership office.

Armenia is under the pressure of its two large Muslim neighbors, Turkey and Azerbaijan, and must lean on the security assistance of Russian Federation.

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