Thursday, March 12, 2015

Putin to Commemorate Armenian Genocide Centennial in Yerevan

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MOSCOW (A.W.)—The Kremlin has announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will be attending the Armenian Genocide Centennial commemorations in Yerevan in April.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: official website of the Kremlin)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: official website of the Kremlin)
“Yes, he will fly to Yerevan,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told France’s Agence France-Presse (AFP). Peskov added that Putin discussed his plans to visit Yerevan with his Armenian counterpart Serge Sarkisian by telephone on March 12.
According to Sarkisian’s press service, the two discussed the key aspects of the strategic partnership between Armenia and Russia and exchanged views on further integration processes followed by the entry into force of the Treaty on Armenia’s Accession to the Eurasian Economic Union on Jan. 2.
The two reflected especially upon the peaceful use of nuclear energy and oil and gas sectors, during their discussion about bilateral relations.
Sarkisian and Putin also coordinated the schedule of their upcoming meetings to ensure joint participation in the events marking both the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and the 70th anniversary of the Red Army’s victory over the Nazi forces.
The State Duma, the lower house of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, recognized the Armenian Genocide on April 14, 1995, and accepted April 24 as a day of remembrance for the victims of the genocide.

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