YEREVAN — Armenia formally recognized the outcome of the weekend presidential election in crisis-hit Ukraine on Tuesday, with President Serzh Sarkisian congratulating its winner, billionaire businessman Petro Poroshenko.

In a letter to Poroshenko released by his press office, Sarkisian said he hopes that his new Ukrainian counterpart will successfully meet challenges facing Ukraine through “public accord and consolidation.”

He also expressed confidence that the Ukrainian and Armenian governments will remain committed to deepening bilateral ties. In particular, he stressed the need to “step up mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation” between the two ex-Soviet states.

Those relations seriously deteriorated in March after Sarkisian effectively recognized referendum in Crimea that led to the Black Sea region’s absorption into Russia. Yerevan went on to vote against a UN General Assembly resolution that condemned the annexation.

The pro-Western interim government in Kiev responded by recalling Ukraine’s ambassador to Armenia, Ivan Kukhta. Speaking to RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am) on Monday, Kukhta said that he expects to return to Yerevan “very soon.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the latest updates from MassisPost.

You May Also Like

Armenia Ranked 103rd in Global Gender Gap Report

Armenia is ranked 103rd among 142 countries in the Global Gender Gap…

Cyprus Parliament Calls for International Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

NICOSIA — Ahead of the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the…

Detroit Pistons Assistant Coach Rex Kalamian to Head Armenian National Team

Detroit Pistons assistant coach Rex Kalamian has been named the new head…

Another Patient Dies of COVID-19 in Armenia

Armenia’s Ministry of Health reports the number of positive COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases…