Bilateral Relations

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Republic of Armenia and Russian Federation have close allied relations marked by frequent bilateral visits at the high and the highest levels.

Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation were established on April 3, 1992.

Over 250 international treaties and agreements, including the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance of August 29, 1997, have been concluded between the two states at governmental, ministerial, and agency level.

The Declaration on the Allied Partnership between the Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation oriented towards the 21st century, signed on September 26, 2000, specifies the commitment to strengthen and expand the friendship between the peoples of the two countries through broad allied collaboration, intensive deepening of relations in all spheres, as well as ensuring persistent peace, stability and guaranteed security in the Caucasian region and worldwide.

As one of the Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia plays active role in the peaceful settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Inter-parliamentary cooperation, as well as relations at the level of speakers, are developing dynamically in the spirit of the Armenian-Russian allied partnership. Two sessions of the Inter-Parliamentary Commission between the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia and the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation are held in Armenia and Russia alternately every year. The recent session of the Commission took place in Yerevan on November 1-7, 2017 (the penultimate session was held in Khanty-Mansiysk on July 5-8, 2017).

Relations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs are maintained at the exclusive level typical to the allied strategic collaboration. Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries meet on a regular basis.

Planned consultations on the issues of mutual interest are held periodically between the Foreign Ministries.

Interaction is vibrant at the ministerial and regional levels.

More than 70 regions of Russia and all the Marzes of Armenia are involved in inter-regional cooperation, which is one of the essential features of the Armenian-Russian allied cooperation. The Armenian-Russian inter-regional forums have been held since 2011. The 7th Inter-Regional Forum took place in Yerevan on June 29, 2018.

The Armenian-Russian cooperation in military sphere is aimed at ensuring the security of the two states and stability in the South Caucasus. The 102nd Russian military base is deployed in the territory of Armenia. 

Based on the provisions of the Treaty between the Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation on the Status and Operating Conditions of the Border Troops of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Republic of Armenia of September 30, 1992, Border Control Department of the Russian Federal Security Service safeguards the state borders of Armenia with Iran and Turkey jointly with the Armenian border guards. The 13th session of the Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation was held in Moscow on October 1-5, 2018 (the previous one took place in Yerevan on September 5-8, 2017).

The branch of the Moscow State University after M. Lomonosov has been functioning in Yerevan since 2015. About 3.5 thousand students study in the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University and seven branches of other Russian universities in Armenia.

On October 7, 2017, Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II was present at the inauguration of the new Russian Orthodox Church in Yerevan.

Russia hosts the largest Armenian community. According to the 2010 census in Russia more than 1,182 million Armenians reside in Russia and some experts estimate that number to exceed 2,5 million. There are a number of active community organizations in Russia, the largest of which is the Union of Armenians of Russia.

Trade and Economic Relations

Russia is a key foreign trade partner of Armenia.

The Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation between the Republic of Armenia and the Russian Federation functions on a regular basis. The 19th session of the Commission was held in Moscow on April 4, 2019. (The previous, 18th session took place in Yerevan on February 20, 2019).

492,000 Russian tourists visited Armenia in 2018, 17% more than in 2017.

21,609 Russian citizens reside in Armenia as of December 31, 2017.

Russia is the major foreign investor in Armenian economy, with the capital investments made since 1991 amounted at almost 4 billion US dollars. The Russian main investments characterized by a diversified structure are directed into the sectors of energy, banking, mining, construction, communication and information technologies.

Trade Turnover between Armenia and Russia (thousand USD)

 

Foreign trade turnover

Export

Import (by exporting country)

Import (by country of origin)

2018

1 924 443.8

666 501.7

1 394 217.7

1 257 942.1

2017

1 712 912.8

541 582.6

866 643.7

1 171 330.2

2016

1 358 306.1

374 470.7

730 000.0

983 835.4

2015

1 173 971.8

225 927.2

645 954.8

948 044.6

2014

1 431 126.2

308 250.2

800 605.5

1 122 876.0

2013

1 445 399.2

334 499.1

881 308.5

1 110 900.1

2012

1 336 525.3

279 109.0

779 942.8

1 057 416.4

Visits to Russia

February 25-27, 2019

Ararat Mirzoyan, President of the National Assembly

January 25, 2019

Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister (On the occasion of the presidency in the Eurasian Economic Union)

December 27, 2018

Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister

December 6, 2018

Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister (St. Petersburg, Supreme Eurasian Economic Council session)

September 8, 2018

Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister

July 27, 2018

Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister (St. Petersburg, Eurasian Intergovernmental Council session)

June 14, 2018

Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister (Moscow, Supreme Eurasian Economic Council session)

June 6-7, 2018

Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs

June 4-5, 2018

Ara Babloyan, President of the National Assembly

May 14, 2018

Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister (Sochi, Supreme Eurasian Economic Council session)

February 14, 2018

Ara Babloyan, President of the National Assembly

November 15, 2017

Serzh Sargsyan, President (Opening of Days of Armenian Culture in Russia)

August 23, 2017

Serzh Sargsyan, President

July 17-18, 2017

Ara Babloyan, President of the National Assembly (official visit)

April 28, 2017

Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs

March 14-15, 2017

Serzh Sargsyan, President (official visit)

February 21-22, 2017

Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs (official visit)

January 24-25, 2017

Karen Karapetyan, Prime Minister (official visit)

January 19, 2017

Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs

August 10, 2016

Serzh Sargsyan, President

March 10-11, 2016

Serzh Sargsyan, President (St. Petersburg, Summit on NK issue)

September 5-7, 2015

Serzh Sargsyan, President

May 9, 2015

Serzh Sargsyan, President (Present at the parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the victory in WW2)

April 7-8, 2015

Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs

December 24, 2014

Serzh Sargsyan, President

November 6, 2014

Serzh Sargsyan, President

July 6-7, 2014

Galust Sahakyan, President of the National Assembly

August 9, 2014

Serzh Sargsyan, President (Sochi, Summit on NK issue)

May 8, 2014

Serzh Sargsyan, President

October 23-25, 2011

Serzh Sargsyan, President (state visit)

Visits to Armenia

November 20-21, 2017

Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs (official visit)

March 3, 2017

Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly (official visit)

October 24-25, 2017

Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister (official visit)

May 20, 2016

Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister (Session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council)

April 21-22, 2016

Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs (official visit)

April 7, 2016

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (official visit)

March 11-12, 2016

Sergei Naryshkin, Chairman of the State Duma

November 9, 2015

Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs (official visit)

November 2-3, 2015

Valentina Matviyenko, Chair of the Federation Council (official visit)

April 24, 2015

Vladimir Putin, President (Participation in commemoration events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide)

March 30-31, 2015

Sergei Naryshkin, Chairman of the State Duma

June 22-23, 2014

Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs (official visit)

December 2, 2013

Vladimir Putin, President (state visit)

August 19-20, 2010

Vladimir Putin, President (state visit)

 

Updated 01.07.2019

 

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