Russia will boost the potential of its military bases abroad as guarantors of security in the regions housing them, Russia's Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov told the 4th international security conference in Moscow on Thursday.
The Russian News Agency Itar-Tass quoted Gerasimov as saying that "as part of the long-term agreements with Abkhazia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and South Ossetia, the potential of Russia's military bases located on their territories is being boosted. It guarantees security and strategic stability in these regions".
source: commonspace.eu with Itar-Tass (Moscow)
Photo: Russian armoured vehicles at their base in Tskhinvali, the capital of the self-declarted republic of South Ossetia. (picture courtesy of Itar-Tass).
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It held, unanimously, that the Azerbaijani Government had to pay the applicant 5,000 euros (EUR) in respect of pecuniary and non-pecuniary damage. The Court said that it was the responsability of the Armenian and Azerbaijani governments to find a solution on a political level to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.