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The meeting of Russian and Armenian Presidents Vladimir Putin and Serzh Sargsyan in Moscow has again refuted the information on strained relations between the two leaders, Konstantin Zatulin, Director of the Institute of the CIS States, ex-member of the Russian State Duma from Yedinaya Rossiya
Party, told ArmInfo.
Zatulin said that the meeting of Putin and Sargsyan demonstrated the high-level relations between Moscow and Yerevan again. "The whole world is concerned with the situation in the Middle East. Syria is in the focus of attention of the mass media, and almost nobody doubts that the situation in Syria will be followed by an attempt to destabilize the situation in Iran amid the USA's persistent attempts to reinforce its positions in the Middle East. But even in this situation the Russian President has displayed willingness to participate in the military exercises of the CSTO Collective Rapid Response Forces in Armenia in September 2012", he said.
As regards Armenia's position on the situation in Syria, Zatulin said that Armenia keeps neutrality in this matter. For instance, he said that Azerbaijan has become an active participant in the escalation of military actions in the Middle East. "Armenia has a peaceful stance, unlike Azerbaijan, which has been carried away by the temptation to join a kind of anti-Iranian group by starting active cooperation with Israel to weaken Tehran's positions", he said.