Armenia Greece’s Second Largest Military Partner Next to Russia

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–"The outcome of my official three-day visit to Armenia was successful and efficient," General Manousos Paraioudakis–the chief of the staff of Greece’s armed forces–told a joint news conference on August 31–while summing up the results of his visit to Armenia.

He said there was progress in the cooperation–outlined by the leadership of the two countries in the defense system. He said the upcoming visit of Armenia’s president Robert Kocharian to Greece was of great importance and one that would give a new impetus and quality to the Armenian-Greek relation.

Sharing his impressions about the visit to Armenian military units–General Paraioudakis praised the high efficiency of Armenian officers.

General-Lieutenant Michael Harutunian–the chief of staff of Armenia’s armed forces said Armenia and Greece were consistently developing cooperation in the military sector–adding that Greece was Armenia’s second largest military partner next to Russia. He said that such major issues concerning organization of retraining courses for Armenian officers at Greece’s military academies–formation of a peace-keeping battalion within Armenia’s armed forces and others were discussed and approved during the visit. "Armenian-Greek military cooperation has good prospects of development," both Generals stated. According to Paraioudakis–the meetings also considered avenues for developing more effective cooperation within the framework of NATO’s Partnership for Peace Program and preserving peace in the region. It is noteworthy that Greece is continuing to deliver humanitarian supplies to Armenia.

Regarding cooperation with the countries of the region–the sides emphasized that there is no agreement on trilateral military cooperation between Armenia–Greece and Russia–and that Armenia cooperates with these countries separately.

The trilateral agreement between Armenia–Greece and Iran concerns economic cooperation only. In particular–the countries cooperate in the areas of telecommunications and transport.

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