Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Alen Simonyan, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, October 4, 2021
We are delighted to welcome you and your delegation. We appreciate the fact that you have decided to visit the Russian Federation on your first visit abroad in the capacity of Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. This reflects the allied nature of our relations and strategic partnership. I am aware of the packed schedule of your visit, and this highlights the current level of our relations.
Russia has just held State Duma elections. The State Duma, including the lineup of the relevant committees, will start functioning effectively within the next few days. This will also make it possible to resume full-format parliamentary cooperation.
We are happy to see you. Once again, welcome.