Marat Terterov: Armenia’s long term security will be better served by strengthening economic security, rather than defining national security on the basis of the Tsarist Russian catch-cry “armiya i flot”
Yerevan in cooperation with Iran acts strictly within the International Law, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan told The Kommersant. Sargsyan does not think the UN Security Council's sanctions on Iran as a total blockade.
"Armenia acts strictly within the International Law. There are sanctions, indeed. They hit hard the economy of Iran and ricochet our economy. But we keep on developing interesting joint projects, particularly, in the sphere of hydropower engineering. Construction of a new international highway is currently underway. It will link Armenia and Iran. The next will be a railway project," the president said.
He recalled that there is a big Armenian community in Iran. The community plays an important role in the life of that country.
"Armenian-Iranian friendship has centuries-old history. Our relations are successfully developing at present building on the mutual advantage and mutual respect. It would be strange for neighbors not to strive for that. I think, it is natural, and all neighbors must have such relations. We would like the parties to finally coordinate their positions and the Iranian nuclear case to be closed once and forever," the president said for conclusion.