Armenian Defense Minister Meets With Russian Official

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenian defense minister and National Security Council Secretary–Serge Sarkisian met with Valerie Nikolayenko–the CIS Collective Security Treaty (CST) security council secretary to discuss the pace of decisions adopted at the recent CST session in Yerevan on August 13. Also details of the upcoming visit of Russia’s defense minister Sergey Ivanov’s to Yerevan were discussed.

Serge Sarkisian positively assessed the results of the joint Armenian-Russian military exercises that concluded on August 10. Chief of staff of the Armenian armed forces–General Mikael Harutunian–told reporters August 10 that the exercises were held under the framework of the military cooperation treaty–signed between Armenia and Russia–and as part of the joint measures in the 2001 program.

Different problems were worked out and tested in the course of the joint excercises–including combat readiness–operational troop deployment–planning of joint defense actions–command of the troops in the transition from peace to war as well as in the course of defense actions. According to the assessment of the commanders–the troops achieved their tasks. They were satisfied with the course of the training and their results–as well as with the level of combat readiness.

The military units of the Armenian armed forces–separate units subordinate to the center–the 102nd military base of the Russian armed forces as well as their aviation base–the joint command point of the Armenian operational defenses as well as some units of surface-to-air missiles of Armenia and Russia were involved in the training. Overall about 1,000 military servicemen participated in the exercises–more than half of whom were officers.

More than 150 units of different military equipment were included in the exercises. The parties will prepare a program of relevant measures to overcome the shortcomings discovered in the course of the exercises–in the framework of which corresponding actions will be undertaken to make cooperation between Armenia’s and Russia’s armed forces more effective.

The chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces–Lt.-General Mikael Harutunian also said that on August 13-18 tactical training–involving commanders of units of the Armenian Armed Forces and commanders of the units of Russia’s 102nd military base–will be held.

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