ArmInfo. Today the strategic partnership and alliance ties between Russia and Armenia are dynamically developing in all dimensions, including within the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says in his address to the participants in the seventh international industrial exhibition EXPO-RUSSIA ARMENIA 2016 plus IRAN.
According to Lavrov, the high-level dialogue makes an invaluable contribution to expansion of the relations. "An important role in these efforts belongs to your exhibition, which has become a platform for demonstrating our states' economic achievements and working out joint projects," he says. Lavrov expresses hope that the conference "Prospects for economic cooperation between Russia and Armenia in the context of Armenia's accession to the EEU" will contribute to intensification of mutually beneficial ties within Eurasian integration. "Our friends from Iran have joined the exhibition this year and this will enhance the image and efficiency of the exhibition," he says.
For his part, Russia's Ambassador to Armenia Ivan Volynkin noted that the lifting of sanctions from Iran has created prerequisites for formation of a new level of regional economic growth in Iran.
"The Eurasian Economic Commission has held a number of consultations with Iran to conclude a temporary free trade agreement. Hopefully, the expansion of trade cooperation of Russia and Armenia with Iran will be fruitful. Diversified development of economic ties creates a strong basis for our partnership in the future. I am convinced EXPO-RUSSIA ARMENIA 2016 plus IRAN will be held in a constructive and business atmosphere and its results will contribute to further disclosure of the potential of multilateral trade and economic cooperation," the ambassador said, noting that such events comply with the general nature of the Russian-Armenian partnership and that the exhibition has become a good tradition reflecting the growth of economic, business and industrial interaction between the two countries.
For his part, Armenian Minister of Territorial Administration and Development David Lokyan expressed confidence that the exhibition contributes to strengthening of interregional cooperation between the provinces of Armenia and Russia, balanced development of territories, and partnership between the twin towns. "Certainly, the exhibition will give a fresh impetus to the Armenian-Russian interregional cooperation and will become a platform for establishing new business contacts and attracting investments," Lokyan said.
To note, the seventh international exhibition EXPO-RUSSIA ARMENIA 2016 plus IRAN kicked off in Yerevan on October 26. It will last till October 28. The event will cover the following fields: power engineering, machine building, metallurgy, transport and logistics, geology and mining industry, construction, chemical industry, communication and telecommunications, IT, innovations, investments, banks, insurance companies, food and agriculture, medicine, education, etc. Iran will take part in the exhibition for the first time. The exhibition aims to develop economic, scientific-technical, cultural and political cooperation between Russia and Armenia, to establish and strengthen ties, joint business, trade, economic and investment relations. Nearly 500 companies from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Syria, CIS will participate in EXPO RUSSIA ARMENIA 2016 plus IRAN. Representatives of the state structures and business circles of Iran will also take part in the event. The event is organized by Zarubezh Expo (Russia) with the support of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Economic Development under the patronage of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the heads of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the CIS member states.