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Russian president’s visit to Armenia kicks off

Russian President Vladimir Putin is arriving in Armenia for a state visit on December 2, at the invitation of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.

The Armenian and Russian leaders will hold a private meeting and participate in a number of events in Yerevan and Gyumri, with special emphasis placed on the 3rd Armenian-Russian interregional conference ‘Russia, Armenia, Customs Union.’

The Russian president is scheduled to participate in the conference and visit Russian Military Base 102 in Gyumri. Nine round-table discussions on specific topics will end Vladimir Putin’s state visit to Armenia on December 3.

The Armenian and Russian leaders will make welcoming speeches at the conference. Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, Russian Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov, Armenian Minister of Finance Savit Sargsyan and Russian Minister of Regional Development Igor Slyunyaev are keynote speakers at the conference.

Bilateral talks are on the agenda. The sides will discuss the implementation of agreements reached during Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s visit to Russia on September 3. The sides will also exchange views on Armenia’s accession to the Customs Union and to the Common Economic Space and further steps. A number of documents on strengthening bilateral relations and developing cooperation will be signed.

According to unofficial information, a 500-member Russian delegation is arriving in Armenia, with President Vladimir Putin accompanied by six ministers, 11 governors, managers of large Russian companies – Rosatom, Gazprom, RUSAL, INTER RAO, VTB and others.

Interestingly, the Russian president’s visit coincides with the date of Armenia’s sovietization (December 2, 1920).

Some political and civil initiatives are discontented with Armenia’s accession to the Customs Union and are organizing a symbolic rally in Yerevan’s Freedom Square.

“Today, the day of Armenia’s sovietization, we want to say we remember the date and have drawn lessons,” Armen Hovhannisyan, a Hayazn party member, told