Armenia's New Leader Pashinyan Meets Putin, Seeks Deeper Military Ties With Russia

Top row Newly appointed ministers of defense Karen Tonoyan territorial administration and development Suren Papikyan; Diaspora Mkhitar Hayrapetyan. Second row from left First Deputy Prime Minister Ararat Mirzoyan Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Aviny

Protest leader Pashinyan was voted in by the country's parliament as Armenia's newest leader last week following weeks of peaceful protests against corruption. "I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to provide whatever support is necessary to our friends in Armenia during this transition and to strengthen the ties between our nations".

"I just had a phone conversation with widely known economist of Armenian origin Daren Acemoglu. -Armenian relations with the new government".

On May 14, a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is expected to take place on the sidelines of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council's session in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.

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Mger Grigoryan became deputy prime minister and Mane Tandilyan now is the minister of labor and social affairs.

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has made all of the appointments to the country's new government, the president's office said Saturday, Sputnik reported. Pashinyan was elected based on a platform of democratic and economic reform, pledging to hold fresh parliamentary elections.

Armenia is under the pressure of its two large Muslim neighbors, Turkey and Azerbaijan, and must lean on the security assistance of Russian Federation. He also stressed the importance of the Armenian Diaspora and the significant role it will play in Armenia's future.

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