Sergey Shoigu: Russia is Ready to Help Armenia With Armed Forces Modernization

Russia announced its readiness to help with the modernization and reform of the Armenian armed forces, TASS reports with reference to the Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu.  

“We attach great importance to the development of our cooperation in the military field, both in the bilateral format and within the CSTO. At the same time, we are ready to continue to assist in the implementation of the programme to reform the Armed Forces of Armenia. The task is not easy, but I think that with your experience it will be attainable,” Shoigu said.

The Minister noted that the 102nd Russian military base that is located on the territory of the republic is well equipped and is a guarantor of security.

“Armenia is an ally and key partner of Russia in ensuring security in the Transcaucasus, and we are extremely interested in maintaining stability in this region,” the Minister added.

Shoigu congratulated Arshak Karapetyan on his appointment to the post of the Minister of Defence of Armenia and Karapetyan expressed his gratitude to Shoigu for his willingness to help to restore the combat capability of the Armenian Armed Forces. He stressed that his first foreign visit with the rank of Defence Minister was paid to Russia, as it is a strategic ally of Armenia.

“Russia is the only state that provides a really tangible product of security for the Armenian people and today deals with security issues not only in Nagorno-Karabakh but also directly on the borders of Armenia,” Karapetyan stated.

Ru-Main, 12.08.2021, Picture: Armenian Website

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