A draft agreement between Armenia and Russia on the creation of a joint regional air defense system in the Caucasus is ready to be signed after being approved by both states. This was stated by General Pavel Kurachenko, the chief of the General Staff and first deputy commander-in-chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces, speaking to journalists on Monday (7 September). "I hope we are going to finalise all the details this year," Kurachenko stated.
The Russian News Agency TASS said that General Kurachenko also stated that joint regional defence systems have already been established with Belarus and Kazakhstan, and agreements on the creation of joint regional anti-aircraft defense systems with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are also being discussed at inter-departmental levels.
source: commonspace.eu with Itar-Tass
Photo: President Putin of Russia visiting the Russian 102nd Military Base in Armenia's Gyumri which is part of the Transcaucasian Group of Forces. (archive picture)
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