Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Ayvazyan, during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, accepted his invitation to pay a working visit to Moscow in the near future. This was announced on Saturday, November 21, the press service of the Armenian Foreign Ministry reported.
“The Foreign Ministers of Armenia and the Russian Federation stressed the importance of maintaining the dynamism and intensity of the dialogue between the two countries, including through mutual visits. Minister Ayvazyan accepted the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to pay a working visit to Moscow in the near future, ”the Armenian Foreign Ministry said.
It is noted that during the meeting, the heads of departments exchanged views on a number of issues on the bilateral and regional agenda.
On November 18, Armenian leader Armen Sarkissian appointed Aru Ayvazyan as the head of the Armenian Foreign Ministry. On November 16, the former head of this department, Zohrab Mnatsakyan, submitted his resignation. The President dismissed him from his post.
Earlier, on November 19, Ayvazyan held a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. During the conversation, the heads of the ministries of the two countries declared their mutual readiness to continue developing the Armenian-Russian allied relations in all spheres, especially on regional security issues.
On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed an agreement to end hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh from November 10. The document also provides for the introduction of Russian peacekeepers into the region, the exchange of prisoners between the parties to the conflict, the transfer of a number of regions of the region by Armenia to Azerbaijan and the return of refugees to Karabakh.
According to the trilateral statement, the Russian peacekeeping contingent is deployed for a period of five years along the line of contact and along the Lachin corridor. The period of stay of Russian peacekeepers can be automatically extended.