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“We strive to raise cooperation between Russia and Armenia to a higher level” — Sergey Ordzhonikidze

The Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation held a video conference with the Public Council of Armenia

“We strive to raise cooperation between Russia and Armenia to a higher level” — Sergey Ordzhonikidze

On April 28, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation held a videoconference with the Public Council of the Republic of Armenia to discuss ways for expanding cooperation between the two institutions.

The Russian side initiated the event as the Public Council of Armenia resumed work and proposed to restore active cooperation between the two institutions, as well as to expand the bilateral interaction and cooperation in this regard.

“Russia and Armenia are linked by allied and close relations, there is a basic Agreement on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance, our leaders are engaged in constant dialogue at the highest level. Furthermore, active cooperation has been established through ministries and departments, and cooperation is developing within the framework of international organizations, particularly the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. However, it is also necessary to deepen relations between representatives of the civil society of both countries,” said the Vice President of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Sergey Ordzhonikidze.

In turn, the Chairman of the Public Council of Armenia Stepan Safaryan noted that, just like the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Public Council of Armenia is the link between the government and society and also serves as the communication channel between different groups of civil society.

“Undoubtedly, the relations between the two advisory bodies (the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation and the Public Council of Armenia) will continue and improve. We can find numerous topics for discussion and areas where our efforts can be synchronized in order to benefit our civil societies,” he added.

According to him, one of the points of contact may be working with the large Armenian diaspora in Russia. “We can also observe a reverse situation - an increase in the number of working migrants from Russia who have settled in Armenia,” he said.

Stepan Safaryan named another factor of interaction – the promotion of Russian business in Armenia and Armenian business in Russia.

This topic was elaborated by Olga Golyshenkova, member of the Civic Chamber Commission on Development of Economy, Entrepreneurship, Service Sector and Consumer Market. According to her, it is necessary to strengthen and expand aspects of socio-economic cooperation, social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility.

“Among the topics that are relevant and important for us today are the digital economy, digital communications and digital media. Currently, these areas are developing most rapidly. If you are interested, we are ready to share our best practices, projects and initiatives,” she stated.

Olga Golyshenkova paid special attention to the problems of youth in the labour market. “The so-called coronacrisis has led to the collapse of the labour market, and everything possible must be done so that its consequences are not so severe. As you know, it is youth unemployment that can lead to an increase in crime and create other negative factors. The support of young professionals is especially important at this time,” she emphasized.

Member of the Public Council of Armenia Aram Safaryan spoke about deeper integration in the economic sphere and in other areas. In particular, he thanked Russia for providing humanitarian assistance in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

He also proposed to conduct mutual visits of delegations on an annual basis in order to exchange experience and information on the activities of organizations with media involvement from both countries. “Thus, we will fill the information vacuum to disperse incorrect, fake information about our countries in the media sphere,” noted Aram Safaryan.

The First Deputy Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation with Public Supervisory Commissions Vladimir Vinnitsky talked to his colleagues from Armenia about the structure of public control in Russia and what role the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation had in this regard.

Member of the Public Council of Armenia Gagik Yeganyan thanked the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation for supporting the candidacy of Armenia for inclusion into the Presidium of the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS) in October 2019.

Summing up the conference, Stepan Safaryan noted that the text of the Memorandum needed to be revised and updated, indicating the specific areas of cooperation, which the participants in the videoconference had spoken about.

“We all understand that the Memorandum was drafted in good faith, but we need to identify specific mechanisms, directions and new opportunities. On our part, we will prepare our best practices and share them with you, and we await the same in return. I hope that in the near future we can sign the updated Memorandum in Moscow, Yerevan or any other city in Russia or Armenia,” he said.

In turn, Sergey Ordzhonikidze confirmed the readiness of the Russian side to exchange the Memorandum drafts: “After that, we can revise and update the Memorandum in a more specific and results-oriented form.”

Finalizing the results of the conference, the Vice President of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation Sergey Ordzhonikidze emphasized that the meeting was held in the spirit of allied neighborly relations. “Both sides expressed a desire to raise cooperation to a higher level. I think that during our next meeting we will have the opportunity to seal the deal, and this will confirm the existing mutual understanding that historically connects our peoples,” he concluded.

Tags: Sergey Ordzhonikidze, Vladimir Vinnitsky, Olga Golyshenkova

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