Post-Soviet friends: Russia and Armenia unite their troops

16:32 Nov. 30, 2016

Russia and Armenia unite their troops

Joint command and staff exercises of Russian and Armenian troops, Armenia, August 9, 2013 (GettyImages Photo)

Ministers of two countries signed the relevant deal 

Moscow and Yerevan have created a joint military division and agreed upon a cooperation plan for the next year, Russian media said on Wednesday, November 30.

The agreement was signed between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Armenian counterpart Vigen Sargsyan.

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Shoigu said Russia was ready to expand military cooperation with Armenia, pointing at ‘historically good partnership' between the two countries.

The new agreement follows the previous deal between Yerevan and Moscow in the military sphere. In December 2015 they created Joint regional anti-air defense in the Caucasus. 

Yerevan has been traditionally friendly relations with Russia as Armenia experiences tensions with neighboring Turkey and Azerbaijan. 

Read also: 20 years of war in Nagorno-Karabakh

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