The Foreign Minister stressed that Russia is open to any kind of partnership with all the Caucasian states without exception. He remarked that 'an important role can be played by regional cooperation between the four main Caucasian powers: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia'.
Ivanov believes that Armenia occupies a special place among Russia's Caucasian partners. 'We clearly share the same approach to global and regional problems, we work together successfully in the CIS and within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty, and also in such international organisations as the UN, OSCE and Council of Europe,' he declared.
Igor Ivanov also remarked that the Armenian foreign diaspora successfully acts as a kind of bridge between the countries in which it is to be found and Armenia. According to the minister, 'this bridge is large and strong' in Russia, as over two million Armenians currently live there.
The Foreign Minister ended his speech by thanking the organizers of the conference - the Union of Russian-Armenians, which, according to the minister, ' has already done a great deal to actively draw its members into the processes of Russia's democratic restructuring and social and economic development, and widening Russian-Armenian cooperation'. Ivanov also stressed that 'the Foreign Ministry is ready to continue its collaboration with the union in its important and useful work'.
The Americans came to realise that they would have to either leave the region or weaken their presence there. It is Russia that is filling the vacuum now