MOSCOW (A.W.)—The Kremlin has announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the Armenian Genocide Centennial commemorations in Yerevan in April.
“Yes, he will fly to Yerevan,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told France’s Agence France-Presse (AFP). Peskov added that Putin discussed his plans to visit Yerevan with his Armenian counterpart President Serge Sarkisian via telephone on March 12.
According to Sarkisian’s press service, theydiscussed key aspects of the strategic partnership between Armenia and Russia, and exchanged views on further integration processes; the Treaty on Armenia’s Accession to the Eurasian Economic Union was put into force on Jan. 2.
Putin and Sarkisian specifically discussed the peaceful use of nuclear energy and oil and gas sectors.
They also coordinated their upcoming meetings to ensure joint participation in events marking both the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and the 70th anniversary of the Red Army’s victory over the Nazi forces.
The State Duma, the lower house of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, recognized the Armenian Genocide on April 14, 1995, and accepted April 24 as a Day of Remembrance for the victims of the genocide.