Deployment of Russian Artillery in Armenia Begins

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Russia’s embassy to Yerevan provided Armenpress with the official statement of Russian foreign ministry which expresses bewilderment at some mass media and officials of outside countries which try to exaggerate the issue of the re-deployment of 76 units of Russian military hard-ware from a Russian military base in Georgian town of Akhalkalaki to Russia’s military base in the Armenian town of Gumri.

"The issue was raised once again at US State Department briefings. Some sides seem to not be against re-deployment as so far as its running counter to the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty. Those parties see the act as a step threatening the stability in the entire Caucasian region," the statement says.

The statement draws attention to the fact that the re-deployment–started October 20–is in full conformity with CFE Treaty deman’s.

It is being fulfilled under the agreement with the Armenian leadership and CFE Treaty member-countries have been notified about it.

The statement also says that the neighboring countries do not have any reasons for concern–the military hardware in Gumri will be under strict control of Russian Armed Forces.

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