As reported earlier Russia’s president Putin was the first foreign leader to congratulate Armenia’s president Kocharian on his re-election for another five-year term. A message, sent by Putin to Kocharian, particularly, reads:
“I’m sincerely glad to congratulate you on the occasion of your victory in the presidential polls and wish you further success in this top state position. Your success in the elections once again demonstrates that Armenians are committed irrevocably for democratic improvements and development of market relations, for the maintenance of good relations and mutually beneficial co-operation policy with its neighbors.
Russian people appreciate your personal contribution to the development of Russian-Armenian traditionally friendly and allied relations. I believe that our joint policy to establish bilateral strategic partnership will gain further constructive development and will allow to strengthen the friendship between our two fraternal nations.
Russia is genuinely interested in strengthening stability and security in the Caucasian region and rapid regulation of the Karabagh issue. We are ready to continue our active support for positive shifts in this process. I wish you good health and new significant achievements in the responsible position of Armenia’s head of state.”
Kocharian’s press office also said that congratulations came from the chairman of the CIS Council of Heads of State, president of the Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.