The event was attended by Alexei Overchuk, a Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and Mher Grigoryan, the Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.
The postage stamps were released in the framework of the joint issue of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations and the 25th Anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between the two countries.
Armenia is an important strategic partner of Russia. The principles of equality and good neighborliness, centuries-old traditions of friendship and mutual respect make the foundation of relations between the two countries. Cultural and humanitarian contacts traditionally occupy an important place in Russo-Armenian relations. The Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University is active in Yerevan. In December of 2017, a branch of the Yerevan Russian Center for 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 Russian postage stamps feature the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Vanadzor and the Holy Cross Church in Samara. The Print Run is 80 thousand each stamp. The Armenian postage stamps feature the Church of St. Catherine in St. Petersburg and the Saint Michael the Archangel’s Church in Gyumri.
On August 30, the postage stamps were put into postal circulation and went on sale in post offices throughout the country and the Collectioner show room chain.