Caucasus Reality 21 november — 12:03

Shoigu arrived in Yerevan with Putin's big programme (Updated)

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The main task of Russia, which was set by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, President Vladimir Putin, is to prevent bloodshed in Nagorno-Karabakh, there is a lot of work to establish peace, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Yerevan.

'And we undoubtedly intend to implement this task. In addition, we intend to discuss a number of issues related to the life and work of our peacekeepers, as well as, of course, our further cooperation both in the military and military-technical spheres. We arrived with a large programme and we hope for its implementation,' the press-service of the Armenian government quotes Shoigu.

The head of the RF Ministry of Defence also said that the process of deploying Russian peacekeepers had been completed the day before yesterday. During these days, 23 observation posts were deployed on the territory of Karabakh, Russian peacekeepers control the road leading to Khankendi (Stepanakert), the Lachin corridor and ensure movement along these routes, as well as the return of refugees.

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Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, who has arrived in Armenia, is meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Spokesperson for the Prime Minister Mane Gevorgyan told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

'The Russian defence minister has arrived in Armenia. At the moment he is meeting with the prime minister,' said Gevorgyan. She did not give other details.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is also expected to visit Armenia on Saturday.

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Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Yerevan as part of an interdepartmental delegation of the Russian Federation. The Armenian government told TASS about this on Saturday.

'Sergei Shoigu has arrived in Yerevan. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to arrive, as well as Russian Deputy Prime Ministers Alexander Novak, Alexei Overchuk and others,' said the Cabinet of Ministers.

As the Cabinet of Ministers specified, members of the interdepartmental delegation will meet on Saturday with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

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