Russian President Vladimir Putin (Right) shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian (Left) during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow 27 December 2018

MOSCOW — The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin sent a telegram of congratulations today to Nikol Pashinian on his appointment as Prime Minister of Armenia, the Kremlin official website reported.

Vladimir Putin underscored, in particular, that the two countries’ relations are based on good traditions of friendship and mutual respect: Russia and Armenia have built up considerable experience of fruitful cooperation in different spheres.

“I hope that our dialogue and constructive joint efforts will help us further strengthen the Russian-Armenian allied relations, as well as promote integration processes in the Eurasian space. It undoubtedly meets the best interests of our brotherly peoples,” the message reads.

Putin noted the “convincing victory” of Pashinian’s My Step alliance in the December 9 elections when they last met in Moscow on December 27. “I want to wish you success in the realization of all objectives which you set for yourself and your team,” he said.

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