Victor Yushchenko has met with Armenia’s Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanyan.

They discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and both agreed that it was important to activate Ukrainian-Armenian cooperation, according to the President’s press-office.

Mr. Yushchenko said he was pleased with the dynamics of trade with Armenia and then invited President Robert Kocharyan to visit Ukraine.

In his turn, Mr. Oskanyan said the two nations had always been good friends. He added that Ukraine and Armenia had already signed about sixty bilateral agreements. The minister said the countries both wanted to join the European Union.

They also discussed ways to ensure stability and security in the Caucasian region. Victor Yushchenko said Ukraine wanted the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to be settled peacefully. 

The Head of State said 400, 000 Armenians lived in Ukraine, adding that it was important to forge closer cultural and humanitarian ties between the states.