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Armenia/Russia: Key Cooperation Treaty Signed

Moscow, 29 August 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russia and Armenia signed a treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance today. They pledged to coordinate foreign and economic policies and closely cooperate on military,transportation and human rights issues. The treaty envisages tight military and technical cooperation and joint use of military installations if either country is attacked.

The signing came after talks at the Kremlin between Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosyan.

Yeltsin called the treaty a reflection of Moscow's and Yerevan's new "strategic partnership." He expressed the hope that the document will have a positive effect on further integration among states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Earlier today, Yeltsin called relations between Russia and Armenia "warm and sincere." But he said he and President Ter-Petrosyan agree that there is more room for closer economic cooperation between their countries.

Ter-Petrosyan arrived in the Russian capital yesterday on a three-day state visit.