Armenian, Russian defence ministers meet in Moscow

13 August, 2018 12:29
Armenian Defence Minister Davit Tonoyan met on 11 August with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu as part of his visit to Moscow. During the meeting, the parties discussed the current issues of the Armenian-Russian bilateral military-political, military and military-technical cooperation and forthcoming steps. They also discussed the joint programmes carried out within international organisations, in particular, in the CSTO.

Referring to the situation in the South Caucasus, the Middle East and the CSTO zone of responsibility, the defense ministers highlighted the consistent implementation of the agreements based on mutual trust and common strategic alliances. Minister Tonoyan briefed his counterpart on the situation on the line of contact between Artsakh and Azerbaijan forces and the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border, and particularly, the situation around Nakhijevan. At the request of the Armenian party, the Russian defense minister presented the operative and humanitarian situation in Syria. Minister Tonoyan reitterated Armenia's intention to continue to provide the Syrian people with aid. Speaking about the military-technical cooperation, the Armenian and Russian defence ministers underscored the importance of timely implementation of the programmes in this area.

Minister Tonoyan thanked his counterpart for the excellent organisation of the Army Games and congratulated him over the excellent performance of the Russian Armed Forces teams.

Minister Tonoyan also paid a visit to the Patriot Centre of the Russian Armed Forces and met with the representatives of the centre, Alexander Bochantsev and Military Games Federation President Mikhail Galstyan. They exchanged views on the involvement of young people in the military-patriotic upbringing and healthy lifestyle. Tonoyan praised the role of the centre in military-patriotic upbringing. Galstyan expressed readiness to help develop this field in Armenia. An agreement was reached on bilateral cooperation.