Commander of Russian Ground Forces Visits Armenia

Gen. Alexander Postnikov (left) meets with Ohanian (Defense Ministry photo)

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—The Commander of Russia’s ground forces, General Alexander Postnikov met with Armenia’s defense chief Seyran Ohanian Wednesday as part of the Russian official’s monitoring tour of the base in Gyumri.

The delegation headed by Postnikov arrived in Armenia on Monday to monitor the Russian military base in Gymri and to assess Russian military activities in Armenia. Last week the Armenian parliament ratified a treaty that extends Russian military presence in Armenia way into the 21st century.

Within the framework of the visit, Postnikov held meetings with the First Deputy Defense Minister of Armenia David Tonoyan and the First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia, Lieutenant General Enriko Apriamov.

A broad range of issues of mutual interest and a schedule of implementation of future projects was determined during the meeting with Ohanian.

Meanwhile, Armenia’s Defense Ministry said the decision by the Georgian Parliament Tuesday not to extend a treaty on Russian military cargo and personnel transit will not change Armenia’s security situation.

Ministry spokesperson, David Karapetyan said the Georgian decision will not, in any way, impact the combat readiness of Armenia’s Armed Forces. He refrained from further comments on the Georgian decision.

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