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Armenia: New Accord With Russia Planned

Yerevan, 31 March 1997 (RFE/RL) - Armenia's presidential spokesman, Levon Zurabian, told a news conference today that Russia and Armenia are preparing a new agreement of friendship and partnership.

Zurabian called it a "big, political agreement."

He said it would replace the current agreement in place and take Russian and Armenian ties to a new, higher level.

Zurabian dismissed suggestions Armenia intends to join a new union of Russia and Belarus. Zurabian said Armenia has its own way of strengthening its relationship with Russia.