Russian Minister Concluded Armenia Visit

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"This meeting has once again confirmed that we have the same opinions and approaches to the discussed problems," Russia’s Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev told a news conference Wednesday reporting on the results of his official visit to Armenia.

He said that during his meeting with his Armenian counterpart Vazgen Sargssian they discussed a number of issues of mutual interest and reached agreemen’s on each of them. "It’s beyond doubt that there is such interest," said Sergeyev.

"Russia’s strategic aims in the Transcaucasus are peace and stability. All other conclusions can be drawn from this," said the Russian defense minister when asked whether the existing military cooperation between Russia and Armenia would not damage the interests of other countries. He pointed out that the agreement on strategic cooperation between the two countries had suffered no changes since the change of leadership in Armenia–moreover–"there was some advancement," he said.

"It is not new but modern armamen’s that will be supplied to Armenia," said Sergeyev–adding that the most immediate cooperation task is to upgrade Russian military base No. 102. "Although it is Russia’s domestic problem–we coordinate all decisions with Armenia’s defense minister," he said.

Sergeyev said that nine members of the CIS–including Armenia–had made a decision to create a single system of air defenses and Armenia’s stage-by-stage involvement in this system was discussed during his visit. The head of Armenia’s military department added that the country’s system of air defenses is in good condition–as it was demonstrated to the guests.

Sergeyev expressed satisfaction with the general level of military training of the Russian troops stationed in Armenia.

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