YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—The Armenian Minister of Defense Seiran Ohanyan and the Greek Minister of National Defense Panagiotis (Panos) Kammenos discussed regional security issues during the news brief at the bilateral meeting in Yerevan. The delegation headed by Greek Minister Kammenos arrived in Armenia on December 16 at the invitation of Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan.
“We have neighbors who support the Islamic State, we condemn Turkey’s actions aimed against our strategic partner. We think that Turkey’s underground activities do not allow implementing the objectives against international terrorism,” Ohanyan stated. He added that Turkey often violates the Greek air space, and there were attempts at violating the Armenian border, hence Turkey should demonstrate tolerance towards that step, especially that the Russian jet had not crossed the Turkish air border.”
The Greek minister of defense also condemned Turkey’s steps to support the “Islamic state”, at the same time stressing that Turkey was never able to prove that the Russian jet crossed the Turkish state border.
Both sides highly appreciated the current level of cooperation and reached an agreement to continue cooperation in the main spheres of mutual interest such as military education, training of peacekeepers and special forces, exchange of experience in maintenance and use of military equipment and so on.
Issues referring to regional and international security were discussed during the meeting. The Armenian Defense Minister presented the current situation on Armenia-Azerbaijan border.
Discussing international security issues, the sides shared the opinion that the situation in the Middle East seriously threatens the international security and all efforts must be consolidated to struggle against it.