April 6, 2012 - 14:54 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Russia’s Ministry of Defense did not comment on the “information” spread by some Russian sources saying “Russia is constructing a radar station in Armenia’s Armavir province”.
“We did not disseminate such information, and we are not going to comment on rumors,” head of information department of Russian defense ministry’s airspace defense troops, colonel Alexei Zolotukhin told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter.
According to PanARMENIAN.Net #39;s earlier report, Russian KM portal quoted NNK agency spreading a “sensation”: Russia is building a new radar station in Armenia, namely in Armavir province.
Head of Moscow's Alte Et Certe analytical bureau Andrei Yepifantsev event commented on the news declaring that “Russian radar station in Armenia will aim at same goals as the one in Azerbaijani Gabala.”
The thing is that Russian sources just confused Armenia’s Armavir province with its namesake town Armavir in Russia’s Krasnodar region which houses the radar station, expected to undergo state testing in 2012.
PanARMENIAN.Net reporter never managed to get any comment on the topic in any of Armenia's state structures including the government, Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry, the reason being no station whatsoever.
No radar station is being built in Armenia’s territory, the case being limited to the single phrase of the Armenian Prime Minister.
Most likely, the incident was caused by the authors’ blunder related to two identical geographic names. Meanwhile, this geographic gaffe amounted to serious “information” receiving expert comments.
Potential construction of a station by Russia on Armenia's territory became a subject for debates after Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said Armenia is ready to discuss with Russia construction of a radar station in its territory, similar to the one in Gabala, Azerbaijan.