Armenia Not Ruling Out Joint Arms Production With Russia

YEREVAN (Sputnik) – Armenian Defence Minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan informed Sputnik that his nation would possibly arrange arms manufacturing collectively with Russia.

Harutyunyan added that his nation might be additionally engaged on the “creation and expansion of the network of regional certified centres for the maintenance and modernisation of weapons and military equipment”.

According to the minister, Yerevan can be taken with increasing the 102nd army base of the Russian Armed Forces’ Southern Military District within the japanese Armenian metropolis of Gyumri.

Sputnik / Evgeny BiyatovKalashnikov mount displayed on the Russian Defense Ministry’s Innovation Day 2015 exhibition, on the premises of the congress and exhibition middle of the Russian armed forces in Kubinka, Moscow Region.

Harutyunyan burdened that Moscow took under consideration the current developments within the area and made the correct selections concerning the growth of the bottom’s functionality, including that there was no want to ascertain a second Russian army base within the nation. However, the minister added that Russia and Armenia thought of the relocation of some models from the Russian base additional to the east of Armenia.

Modernisation of the Army

Harutyunyan additionally famous that Armenia is reequipping the armed forces and optimising their dimension in a reform launched after the Nagorno-Karabakh battle.

According to the minister, the present military-political scenario within the South Caucasus makes the continued reform of the nationwide armed forces an irreversible and indeniable precedence.


Sputnik / Maxim BlinovRussian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh


The reform, the minister continued, will give attention to administration, intelligence, digital warfare, air defences and unmanned plane, missile forces, and artillery.

The decades-long frozen battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan within the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic escalated in September 2020, leading to army and civilian casualties on either side. The hostilities ended after the perimeters agreed to a Russian-brokered ceasefire on 9 November. The deal stipulated that a number of the territories managed by the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic be handed over to Baku, whereas Russian peacekeepers have been deployed to the area.


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