Contents tagged with Armenia

  • Armenia may buy Su-30 fighters from Russia

    Acting Armenian Defense Minister David Tonoyan announced on Monday, November 12, at a press conference in Yerevan that his country is negotiating the purchase of Russian fighter jets. “Yes, these will be Su-30s,” he responded when asked which fighters were being discussed.

    Tonoyan also said that no decision has been made to buy Swedish multipurpose Saab JAS-39 Gripen fighters for the Armenian Air Force, despite reports in the media. However, he did note that Yerevan has received an offer “from …

  • Armenia may consider buying American weapons

    Armenia may consider buying American weapons if it receives a beneficial offer from the United States, stated Armenian Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Saturday October 27, Interfax reported.

    “The government is not limited to anything. If we receive a beneficial offer, we will consider it,” the politician said.

    Earlier in October, during a visit to Yerevan, US National Security Advisor John Bolton suggested that the Armenian government may buy American weapons instead of Russian ones. …

  • Pashinyan calls Russian military base in Armenia ‘crucial’

    Armenia has an interest in having Russian military base on its territory since it is an important part of the country's national security system, said the Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, in an interview with the editor-in-chief of the radio station Echo of Moscow, Alexei Venediktov.

    "We have military cooperation agreements, and under these agreements, the military base has specific obligations. This does not mean that we have no problems with the activities of the military base. …

  • Armenia refuses to revise the status of Russian border guards

    Artsrun Hovhannisyan, the press secretary of Defense Ministry told Interfax that Armenia has no intention of revising the status of Russian border guards serving on the country’s border with Turkey and Iran.

    "The minister talked about certain legal clarifications and technical details only with the aim of improving and developing [the agreement on the Russian military base]," Hovhannisyan explained to Interfax.

    Earlier, Armnews and other Armenian media published the statement of Defense …

  • Russia transfers modernized MiG-29 fighters to airbase in Armenia

    Two MiG-29 fourth generation fighters were transferred to the Russian airbase in Erebuni, Armenia, Interfax reports.

    The Russian Southern Military District's press service stated that the deployment of the newly modernized MiG-29 aircraft will strengthen the air defense of the CIS countries as part of unified air defense system. According to Russian military, these aircraft will also be used for training flights of the Russian aircraft crews in Armenia.

    The Russian command stated that the new …

  • EU allocates 3 million euros to integrate Syrian refugees into Armenia

    The EU has allocated 3 million euros to integrate Syrian refugees in Armenia.

    This was reported in a statement published on the Armenian Foreign Ministry’s website following the first meeting of the EU-Armenia Partnership Council, which was held on June 21 in Brussels.

    “The Partnership Council emphasized that the search for a lasting and reliable political solution to the conflict in Syria is of paramount importance. To facilitate the integration of Syrian refugees in Armenia, the EU …

  • Armenia begins unprecedented corruption investigations

    The Armenian government, headed by Nikol Pashinyan, has begun a large-scale fight against corruption and the country’s shadow economy. The highest profile investigation is the Manvel Grigoryan case, DW reports.

    On June 19, the Armenian parliament removed the parliamentary immunity of Lieutenant-General Manvel Grigoryan, head of the former ruling Republican Party. The prosecutor general’s office was given the go-ahead to file a criminal case against him and to arrest him as a means of restraint. …

  • Putin signs law on combined forces in Armenia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a federal law ratifying an agreement between Russia and the Republic of Armenia regarding a combined forces group. The relevant document was published on Wednesday on the official legal information portal.

    The signed law ratifies an agreement between Russia and Armenia signed in Moscow on 30 November 2016 regarding the combined forces. This agreement determines the designation, the order of formation, deployment and use of the combined forces.

    The …

  • Armenia joins Russian-Belarusian joint defense venture

    Armenia has signed an agreement to join the Defensive Systems of Russian-Belarusian Interstate Financial and Industrial Group, TASS reported.

    "Armenia joined the intergovernmental Russian-Belarusian agreement of February 11th, 2000 on the establishment of a ‘Defensive Systems Interstate Financial and Industrial Group. The main purpose of the establishment of such a group is the use of its participants scientific, technical, industrial, and investment potentials for the creation and production …

  • Putin approved the establishment of joint Armenian-Russian group of forces

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the proposal by the Russian government to form an​ Armenian-Russian joint group of forces. The corresponding document was published on November 14 on the official website of Russian legal information.

    On June 30, 2016, the Armenian parliament ratified the government’s decision to join Russia’s air safety system.

    Armenia, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). …