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Sarkisian, Medvedev To Meet In Moscow

YEREVAN -- Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian will visit Moscow this week for talks with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

A one-sentence statement issued by the presidential press office did not specify which issues will be on the agenda of the "short working visit" scheduled for April 20. The Kremlin also gave no details in a separate statement about the trip.

Sarkisian, who is currently on vacation in an undisclosed European country, will fly to the Russian capital just one week after his talks in Washington with U.S. President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The talks focused on how to salvage the Turkish-Armenian normalization protocols signed last October. Sarkisian also reportedly discussed with Obama and Clinton international efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that are spearheaded by the United States, Russia, and France.

The discussions took place on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit hosted by Obama. Medvedev and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also participated in the summit. Lavrov was shown talking to Sarkisian in one of the photographs of the Washington trip released by the Armenian presidential press office.

Medvedev and Sarkisian last met near Moscow three months ago. The two men praised their countries' common geopolitical interests in the South Caucasus.

Meeting with Erdogan earlier in January, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin publicly urged Ankara to stop linking the implementation of the Turkish-Armenian protocols to resolution of the Karabakh conflict.