YEREVAN, MARCH 22, ARMENPRESS: Prime minister Andranik Margarian received today members of a Russian delegation, headed by the governor of Sverdlovsk province Eduard Rossel. Russian and Armenian officials were quoted by the government press office as saying that Russian Putin’s visit to Armenia later this week will give a new incentive to further strengthening of diverse bilateral ties.
Margarian said Armenia expects the visit of the delegation to give a fresh muscle to advancing cooperation between Armenia and the Russian province. He said Armenia has established vivid trade relations with 25 Russian provinces.
Governor Rossel who contributed to rehabilitation of the earthquake zone in late 1980-s, spoke highly of the Armenian community in his province. Andranik Margarian and Eduard Rossel discussed also a range of other issues.
Also Martin Sarkisian, the president of Armenian Commerce and Industry Chamber, welcomed today chief managers of several industrial enterprises in the Russian province of Sverdlovsk who have arrived here together with the provincial governor to explore ways to expand cooperation with Armenian counterparts.
Addressing participants of a joint business forum, Sarkisian said it was evidence of their interest towards Armenian counterparts.
Larisa Scharf, deputy economic minister of the Russian province, said the trade between Armenia and the province last year amounted to $3 million, but added there are all chances to double and triple it.