Greece, Armenia Pledge Continued Military Cooperation

The chief of the Armenian army's General Staff, General Yuri Khachaturov (right) and his Greek counterpart, General Mikhail Kostarakos

YEREVAN—The Armenian and Greek militaries pledged on Wednesday to carry on with what Greece’s top army general described as “strategic” bilateral cooperation during a visit to Yerevan.

“The foundations of that cooperation are historical as our two nations have long had close relations,” General Mikhail Kostarakos, the chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff, said after talks with his Armenian opposite number, General Yuri Khachaturov.

The two generals addressed the press after presiding over the signing of a plan of joint activities by Armenia’s and Greece’s armed forces for next year. They gave few details of that document at the news conference.

The Armenian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the two sides plan to hold more than a dozen joint events in 2014. Those include training courses, exercises and other forms of “exchange of experience,” it said.

Kostarakos met with President Serzh Sarkisian earlier in the day. Sarkisian was cited by his press office as praising “close cooperation in the military sphere” existing between the two countries.

Hundreds of Armenian military personnel have been trained at Greek military academies over the past two decades. NATO member Greece has also helped to train and equip an Armenian army brigade that contributes troops to ongoing NATO-led missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo.

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  1. Kevork said:

    This is all a facade. What it boils down to is, as brotherly nations as we are, and whether we like it or not, our two countries are part of opposing military organizations. And the sad part is, Greece is “allied” to Turkey, the enemy of both of our nations due to NATO membership. It is quite clear, either Turkey or Greece must leave NATO if this “cooperation” is to have any value, because ultimately, given special circumstances, and theoretically, Greece could be fighting against Armenia on the side of Turkey.

    • paul guloglou said:

      Greece is not “allied” to Turkey. with or without NATO.
      ALLIED to Turkey are people buying Turkish products. every cent you give turks you give them bullet in the hand. to kill you some day.sad is that many armenians and greeks do that.

  2. Gary@S said:

    If we Greeks, Armenians, and Russians work together, we can send the Turks to be with their Turkic cousins who are 100% Turkic back in Mongolia.

  3. Gurgen said:

    Dealing with Greeks means dealing with Western powers. Greece is a NATO/EU occupied state. Turkey has much more leverage in Brussels, Washington, London and Tel Aviv…

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