The diplomatic relations between Russia and Armenia were established on April 3, 1992. The two countries are interrelated by allied partnership. More than 200 interstate, intergovernmental and interdepartmental treaties and agreements have been signed. Traditionally, an important place in Russo-Armenian relations belongs to cultural and humanitarian contacts. The Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University is active in Yerevan. In December 2017, a branch of the Yerevan Russian Center of Science and Culture opened in Gyumri. Armenia is one of the most popular destinations for Russian tourists. Russia ranks first by the number of tourists visiting Armenia.
The joint issue of the stamps is dedicated to architecture of the two countries.
The Armenian postage stamps feature the Church of St. Catherine in St. Petersburg and the Saint Michael the Archangel’s Church in Gyumri.
The Russian postage stamps feature:
— the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Vanadzor, a Russian Orthodox Church in the name of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in Karaklis (presently Vanadzor), built in the late 19th century during the reign of Nicholas II and named in honor of the Emperor's heavenly patron. Divine service was resumed in 1993, and the church was re-consecrated in honor of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1966, a bell tower was added at the entrance to the church;
— the Holy Cross Church in Samara, an Armenian Apostolic Church. The building was built in 2003 according to the design of V. Mkrtchyan. A monument to the victims of the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey in 1915 as well as to the victims of the earthquake in Armenia in 1988 was staged on the territory of the church.
In addition to the issue of the postage stamps, JSC Marka produced First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow, Samara and St. Petersburg.
Design Artist: I. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 70 rubles.
Stamp size: 37×37 mm, sheet size: 172×106 mm.
Emission form: a sheet with formatted margins with 8 (4×2) stamps.
Quantity: 80 thousand each stamp (20 thousand each sheet).