The United States has allowed its relations with Armenia to stagnate in recent years, according to US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. As reported by a Rosbalt correspondent, Armitage said during a briefing: 'I have now come to fill in the gaps in our relations. It cannot be denied that the United States during the past few years has been busy in Afghanistan, Iraq and in the fight with international terrorism. But the United States has interests in the South Caucasus, Armenia interests us, and I have come to reanimate our relations.'
The visit of Richard Armitage is the first to Armenia by a high-ranking member of the US administration since 1999.