Yeltsin Signs Law Allowing Troops in Armenia to Use Arms

YEREVAN (Itar-Tass)–President Boris Yeltsin on Monday signed a law ratifying the agreement between Moscow and Yerevan which regulates the use of arms by Russian troops outside the Russian military base in Armenia.

In particular–the law allows Russian troops to use guns in case of unexpected attacks.

The presidential press service told Itar-Tass that the head of state signed the federal law "On the Ratification of the Agreement Between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia on the Procedure for Using Arms by the Servicemen of the Russian Military Base Outside Same in the Republic of Armenia" passed by the State Duma on June 19–1998 and approved by the Federation Council on July 9–1998.

Under the agreement–all cases of use of arms are to be determined in accordance with the Garrison and Guard Duty Regulations of the Russian Federation.

Arms can be used only after a warning. They can be used without a warning only in case of an unexpected or armed attack.

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