Armenian, Russian defense chiefs discuss Karabakh, army reform

Armenian, Russian defense chiefs discuss Karabakh, army reform

PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenian Minister of Defense Vagharshak Harutyunyan on Wednesday, April 6 had a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu, the Defense Ministries of both countries report.

According to a press release from the Russian side, the two discussed the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as other issues of mutual interest.

The Armenian Defense Ministry reported, meanwhile, that Harutyunyan and Shoigu discussed the activity of the 102nd Russian military base in Armenia, the joint Armenian-Russian military forces, large-scale reforms currently underway in the army, as well as a wide range of issues related to the solution of security issues in the southern Armenian province of Syunik.

The Defense Ministers have reportedly also weighed in on the Russian peacekeeping mission in Artsakh (Karabakh).

Russian Ambassador to Yerevan Sergei Kopyrkin said earlier that Russia supports Armenia in the modernization of its Armed Forces. Back in February, Kopyrkin told reporters about the "very intensive contacts" between the Defense Ministries of Armenia and Russia in various directions.

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