YEREVAN, November 3. /Corr.TASS Sergey Izotov/. The Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko proposed to create a new platform for cooperation between the regions – inter-regional forum of countries-members of the Eurasian economic Union (EEU).
“I think that the agenda can stand and interregional forum for member countries of the Eurasian economic Union”, – said the speaker of the Federation Council, speaking at the opening of the Fourth Russian-Armenian interregional forum “Russia. Armenia. The Eurasian economic Union. New prospects for interregional cooperation”.
Matvienko stressed that “without exception, all of the Russian regions is aimed at finding partners in the countries of the EEU and the CIS”. According to her, soon will be a new platform for building interregional cooperation in a multilateral format. The Senator said that in the second half of 2016 at the initiative of the Interparliamentary Assembly of CIS countries planned to hold the First forum of the regions of CIS countries. Matviyenko expressed hope that the Armenian side will take an active part in this event. In this case, said the politician, no matter what new platforms and formats, it is necessary to preserve the value of bilateral dialogue between Russia and Armenia.
Matvienko expressed confidence that direct contacts of regions should contribute to growth of trade turnover between Russia and Armenia. According to her, last year it was $1.4 billion, but for the first half of the current year the trade turnover has decreased by 3.2%.
The head of the upper house of the Russian Parliament among the limiting factors of interregional cooperation called the problem of transport communication between Russia and Armenia. “As you know, the only railway line linking our countries passes through the territory of Abkhazia and Georgia today, and almost not functioning,” said she. The Senator added that the road “could provide significant growth Russian-Armenian trade turnover”. The Senator urged, “despite all the complexities of the regional situation”, to seek a way out of this situation and new formats of interaction.