Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in Armenia on a state visit on December 2, the Armenian president’s press office confirmed on Wednesday.
According to the official website of the Armenian head of state, Putin will meet with President Serzh Sarkisian and the two leaders will attend a number of events in Armenia’s second largest city of Gyumri and in capital Yerevan, including an Armenian-Russian interregional forum. Putin and Sarkisian will also visit the Russian military base stationed in the northwestern Armenian city.
“Bilateral negotiations will take place at the Presidential Palace in Yerevan. The parties will discuss the course of the implementation of the agreements reached during Serzh Sarkisian’s September 3 visit to Russia, will exchange their views on the work done towards Armenia’s joining the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space and further steps,” it said.
In what many analysts said was a policy U-turn Sarkisian announced after talks with Putin in Moscow about three months ago that Armenia will join the Russian-led trade bloc and further participate in the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union, a post-Soviet integration project advocated by the Kremlin.
The decision called into question Armenia’s plans to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union that provided for the establishment of a deep and comprehensive free trade area with the 28-nation bloc.
Sarkisian’s press service also said that a number of documents aimed at “strengthening bilateral relations and deepening cooperation” will be signed between Armenia and Russia during the Russian president’s visit.
Putin and Sarkisian are also expected to give a joint press conference to sum up the results of the visit.