The Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reports that president Vladimir Putin gave instructions to sign an agreement with Armenia on creating a united regional air defense system in the Caucasian collective security region.
"I decree to accept a proposal by the Russian government on signing an agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia on creating a united regional air defense system in the Caucasian collective security region," the president's instruction read.
"I hereby instruct the Defense Ministry of Russia to hold negotiations with the Armenian side with the involvement of Russia's Foreign Ministry and sign the said Agreement on Russia's behalf upon reaching consent and permit making minor amendments to its draft approved by the government," the document said.
Russia is one of the three co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, which was granted the mandate to help sides to find a peace soulution around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by the international community, however Russia continues to supply both sides of the conflict with different types of arms.
source: commonspace.eu with ITAR-TASS
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An incident at a military facility of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic resulted in three Armenian soldiers killed and one seriously injured. It is not clear what the exact circumstances of the incident were, but for the moment it is being treated as an accident.