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Putin expects Russian-Armenian trade to continue growing

The growth amounts to 17.5% in the first ten months of the year, the president recalled

MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. Trade between Russia and Armenia has been growing, there is a need to maintain this trend and boost cooperation in other areas, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

"Our relations don’t need to be described: these are truly alliance ties filled with significant content," the Russian leader said. He pointed out that Russia was Armenia’s largest economic partner, while bilateral trade had increased by 30% in 2017.

"It [trade] grew by another 17.5% in the first ten months of the year. It is a positive trend that needs to be maintained," Putin noted. According to him, Moscow is ready to make every possible effort to keep relations with Yerevan at the current high level not only in the field of economy but in other areas as well, including the security sector.

"All in all, we have a very heavy agenda," Putin stressed.

He pointed out that it was the Armenian leader’s first visit to Russia after his bloc had won the December 9parliamentary election. "I would like to wish you success in implementing the plans you have made for yourself and your team for the sake of Armenia and its people," Putin said, addressing Pashinyan.

On December 9, Armenia held snap parliamentary elections. The My Step bloc headed by Pashinyan won the race with 70.43% of the vote.