Russian-Armenian Military Force Holds Drills

Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan talks to Armenian and Russian soldiers during the joint exercises
Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan talks to Armenian and Russian soldiers during the joint exercises

Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan talks to Armenian and Russian soldiers during the joint exercises

YEREVAN (Azatutyun,am)–Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan watched on Wednesday exercises held by a joint Russian-Armenian military force which Moscow and Yerevan agreed to reinforce two years ago.

The week-long exercises began on Monday, with hundreds of Armenian and Russian soldiers backed up by tanks, artillery systems and combat helicopter simulating defensive operations. Armenia’s Defense Ministry reported earlier that one of their objectives will be to “step up protection of the state border.”

A ministry statement released on Wednesday said military officials briefed Tonoyan on the course of the drills held at the Marshal Bagramyan training ground 50 kilometers west of Yerevan. The minister then watched soldiers of the Russian-Armenian United Grouping of Troops defeat an imaginary invader, said the statement.

The joint force was originally set up in 2000. It comprises troops from the Russian military base in Armenia and the Armenian army’s Fifth Corps mainly deployed along the Turkish border. A Russian-Armenian agreement signed in November 2016 was meant to upgrade its mission and ascertain its command-and-control structure.

In particular, the agreement stipulates that the commander of the Russian-Armenian unit is appointed by Armenia’s political leadership. The commander is subordinate to the chief of the Armenian army’s General Staff in times of peace. He may report to the head of Russia’s Southern Military District in case of a war or imminent military aggression against Armenia or Russia.

Another Russian-Armenian agreement signed in late 2015 created a new, more closely integrated system of joint air defense. The Russian and Armenian militaries have been jointly protecting Armenia’s airspace ever since the mid-1990s.

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  1. State of Emergency said:

    So I guess our future is secure no matter what happens. No Turkish or Azerbaijani occupation of central Yerevan. The Russians have all but guaranteed our security, just like Soviet times…..

    • Zartir Lao said:

      Yes Russia has guaranteed the existence of Armenia, so long as it fits into the Russian version of “security” i.e. arm all sides like the dupes they are and make a profit on them while they engage in conflicts with one another. And in the case of the biggest dupe, Armenia, put a Russian base there to protect Russian interests, and make Armenia pay for it.

  2. Zartir Lao said:

    Another joke meant to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. All this means is that Armenia is not its own power, and is merely a subjugated pawn of Russia. Why? Simple. Holding a “military drill” with your host while your host arms your enemy and at the same time does not allow you to remove the threat, says everything we need to know. If this “alliance” was real, Azerbaijan would have had its military destroyed long ago, and Armenia would have only Turkey to worry about instead of being surrounded by both sides, thanks to Russia-Turkey “brotherly relations”.

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