Russian and Armenian parliamentarians discuss the role of national diasporas in the development of cooperation between the two countries, at a meeting in Krasnoyarsk

We will facilitate dealing with the current issues of cooperation in trade, the IT sector, youth policy, culture and education, Yury Vorobyov said.

Krasnoyarsk hosted the 35th meeting of the Interparliamentary Commission on Cooperation between the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. The event was chaired by Deputy Speaker of the Russian Federation Council, Russian co-chair of the commission Yury Vorobyov and Deputy Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly, Armenian co-chair of the commission Hakob Arshakyan.

Participants in the meeting discussed Russia-Armenia cooperation, the role of national diasporas in the development of economic, cultural and education ties between the two countries, including interregional interaction. Another subject under discussion was bilateral cooperation within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), including in the development of information technology and speeding up digital transformation.

Yury Vorobyov noted that the representatives of the Armenian community in the Russian Federation are deeply integrated in the country’s life and actively participate in all public and social processes. “I hope that with the help of the Armenian diaspora, we will strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the two countries,” he said.

The Federation Council Deputy Speaker added that the meeting participants discussed cooperation in trade, IT, youth policy, culture and education. “Our parliaments will facilitate dealing with the current issues in these and other areas,” Yury Vorobyov underscored.

Hakob Arshakyan considered the meeting very productive. “Today we touched upon the issues of energy security and mutual trade. When we speak about development in the economy and IT, there are many areas where Armenia can help. We want new joint enterprises to appear in Armenia and Russia in order to make use of the potential of both countries,” he said.

Krasnoyarsk Territory Governor Alexander Uss said in his speech that the region was home to over 150 ethnic groups and all of them were, in spirit, part of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, making a significant contribution to the region’s development.

“There are over 25,000 Armenians living in the territory who carefully preserve their traditions and thus enrich the cultural and social palette of the region. Holding the commission session is an important event in our social and political life, which will bring our cooperation to a higher level,” the governor noted.

During the meeting, members of the two countries’ parliamentary delegations took part in a ceremony to lay wreaths at the Eternal Flame at the Victory Memorial.

The parliamentarians also familiarised themselves with the tourist and cultural potential of Krasnoyarsk.

Among participants in the meeting were Russian senators, State Duma deputies, Armenian parliamentarians, members of the Russian Government, representatives of national diasporas, and experts.