The meeting took place after the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting.
Excerpts from the transcript:
Nikol Pashinyan: Esteemed Mr Mishustin, I am delighted to meet you in the flesh. I would like to congratulate you once again on your appointment to the high position of Prime Minister. Our countries and governments have always had and will have good, warm relations. I believe we will always have an opportunity to raise them to a new level. I am quite sure that we will manage to do this in cooperation with you.
Relations between our countries are making steady headway. In 2019, our trade approached two billion dollars that is a good figure. These dynamics will be preserved throughout 2020. In 2019, we managed to develop good economic dynamics in Armenia. The relevant figures were published today: in 2019, our economic growth was close to eight percent. Our economic cooperation with the Russian Federation and within the Eurasian Economic Union certainly contributed to this. I hope your Government will support the economic dynamics that we are having in Armenia today. I hope that we will meet in Yerevan in the near future since, as it was mentioned today, one of the EAEU Intergovernmental Council meetings will take place in Yerevan.
Mikhail Mishustin: Thank you, esteemed Mr Pashinyan. I would also like to thank you sincerely for your kind words and congratulations on my appointment.
I recall with pleasure my recent visit to Armenia where I attended the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT). Its organisation was excellent.
I must say that Russia and Armenia are close partners and allies. We are working together in the field of energy, transport and industry, as well as in the cultural and humanitarian sphere. The new Government members are motivated to continue constructive relations and working contacts with our Armenian colleagues, including within the Intergovernmental Commission headed by Transport Minister Yevgeny Ditrikh.
You spoke about our trade and mutual relations. Russia is Armenia’s leading foreign economic partner. Its share in Armenia’s foreign trade exceeds 26 percent. About 2,200 Russian companies and a third of all joint ventures with Russian participation are operating in Armenia. In 2018, our trade increased by 11 percent, to about two billion dollars, as you said. It continued growing during the past year, notably by 17.6 percent from January to November. This is good. It is necessary to consolidate this positive trend and look for new areas of cooperation. I hope that today we will discuss all issues regarding bilateral relations.