Armenia Russia Agree on CFE Quota

WASHINGTON (RFE/RL)–The Russian and Armenian Foreign Ministries have exchanged notes affirming that Armenia will maintain the present weapons allocations stipulated by the 1990 Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe–RFE/RL’s Yerevan bureau reported on 8 August–quoting Foreign Ministry spokesman Armen Gasparyan. Armenia had ceded part of its arms allocations in tanks–personnel carriers–and artillery to the Russian troops stationed on its territory. The Foreign Ministry opposed that move–arguing it could damage Armenia’ s national security vis-a-vis Azerbaijan. Gasparyan did not specify whether the exchange of notes meant Russia would reduce the amount of arms at its bases in Armenia to enable Yerevan to increase its holdings.

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