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PRESIDENT PUTIN TO ASSIST IN SOLUTION OF KARABAKH ISSUE

RIA Novosti

YEREVAN, March 25 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes that Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents will hold a regular bilateral meeting.

In the course of the press-conference in Yerevan the Russian President said that he and the Armenian President discussed the settlement of the Nagorny Karabakh issue, situation in the Transcaucasia and the issues concerning the development of the transportation infrastructure.

Speaking about the perspectives for the settlement of the conflict in Nagorny Karabakh (Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan, which proclaimed its independence from Baku) Putin assured that "Russia will render all the necessary assistance to settle the conflict."

The Russian President noted that at the talks they both seriously considered the regional problems.

"Our countries are interested in the stabilization of the situation in the Transcaucasia, formation of the trustworthy atmosphere and the formation of relations, which will contribute to the development of the social and economic spheres," Putin said.

Moreover, the Presidents closely considered the issue concerning the development of the transportation infrastructure. Putin reminded that the first ferry from the Russian port Kavkaz (situated on the left bank of the Kerch strait, which divides Ukrainian Crimea and the Russian Taman peninsula) came to Poti port with cargo for Georgia. "I hope that in the future this ferry route will be used for deliveries of cargo for Armenia and other countries in the region," the Russian President said.

"These steps will open broad opportunities for business, serve for the creation of new jobs, intensify the economic life of the region and provide for the enhancement of the integration processes," President Putin said.



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