Putin to visit Armenia next month, says Russian-Armenian tycoon

Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay a visit to Yerevan upon the invitation of his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan early next month, chairman of the Union of Armenians of Russia (UAR) Ara Abrahamyan told media.

RFE/RL’s Armenian Service quoted Abrahamyan today as saying that the Russian leader will arrive in Armenia on a working visit on December 1 or 2.

Abrahamyan also confirmed plans for an Armenian-Russian business forum to be held in Yerevan on December 1-4. The UAR president, who is also a leading businessman, himself will be among some 500 businessmen and local leaders expected to arrive in Armenia from Russia ahead of Putin’s visit.

No official source either in Moscow or in Yerevan has reported about Putin’s plans to visit Armenia yet.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has several times invited his Russian counterpart to visit Yerevan since the latter returned to the Kremlin as president in 2012. Several times such visits were announced in the past, but eventually did not take place.