Armenian Russian Border Guards Extend Cooperation

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Armavir-based border detachment of the Operative Group of the Federal Border Service of the Russian Federation established on May 26 1924 has been considered a classic example of organization of border service since Soviet times. It is not by chance that a two-week training for officers of higher courses of the Ministry of National Security of Armenia are to be held in this detachment.

Commander of the Operative Group in Armenia General-Lieutenant Mikhail Naymilo said at a news conference on February 17 that the training is organized within the framework of a program of cooperation between the border services of Armenia and Russia. Eighteen officers of the Armenian border service will be trained to work in capacities of deputy commanders of frontier posts.

During demo training–the officers learned rules of deployment and internal regulations of servicemen at a frontier post. Following–mechanisms of interaction in emergency situations on the frontier were demonstrated. Russian border guards also showed mechanisms of detection and apprehension of border trespassers.

General-Lieutenant Naymilo noted that due to the Chechen war–the Russian Federal Border Service stepped up security measures at the Armenian section of the CIS frontier. Enhanced security measures are also applied at the Armenian-Turkish border: the length and frequency of border patrolling were increased–and the security of places–where border guards and their families reside boosted.

Chief of the head department of the border troops of the National Security of Armenia General-Major Levon Stepanian noted that the Armavir detachment has ideal conditions for the training of servicemen. "I am sure that our officers–after returning to their frontier posts–will also try to create the same conditions. More important is that officers learn to assume responsibility for their work," he stressed.

Chiefs of the border troops of Armenia and Russia have other programs to further cooperation. Apart from training programs–joint education programs for specialists are also planned. For that purpose special joint units are likely to be set up.

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