Armenia's New Leader Pashinyan Meets Putin, Seeks Deeper Military Ties With Russia

Russian President Putin shakes hands with Armenian PM Pashinyan during their meeting in Sochi

"I just had a phone conversation with widely known economist of Armenian origin Daren Acemoglu".

Putin was among the first foreign leaders to congratulate Pashinyan, who had vowed to pursue friendly relations with Russian Federation.

Central Valley Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) explained that "With the peaceful and democratic transition of power in Armenia, we see that the Armenian people have spoken and demonstrated which direction they want to move their nation - onwards".

"I think that relations between Yerevan and Moscow will change for the better".

Pashinyan pointed out that "Armenia's foreign policy strategy will not change in the wake of the recent changes" since, in his words, mass protests resulting in the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan on April 17 had nothing to do with the country's foreign policy.

On May 8th, Nikol Pashinyan was elected Prime Minister of Armenia with a parliamentary vote of 59 to 42.

The President of Armenia Armen Sargsyan on Saturday, may 12, signed decrees about appointment of Ministers in the new government, led by Nikol Pashinyan.

PGeorgian PM Kvirikashvili invited Pashinyan to visit Georgia and expressed his willingness for the further development of relations with Armenia.

Armenia is under the pressure of its two large Muslim neighbors, Turkey and Azerbaijan, and must lean on the security assistance of Russian Federation.

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