No new agreements have to be inked for taking Russian military hardware from Georgia to Armenia
- 2/06/2005 Novosti
No new agreements have to be inked for taking Russian military hardware
from Georgia to Armenia - Armenian Defense Ministry
YEREVAN, June 2 (RIA Novosti, Gamlet Matevosyan) - The moving of
Russian military equipment from Georgia to Armenia will not necessitate
the conclusion of new agreements, press secretary Colonel Seiran
Shakhsuvarian of the Armenian defense minister told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
The lifting to Armenia of part of equipment from the Russian military
bases stationed in Georgia is regulated by the Armenian-Russian
agreement on military cooperation and the disposition of the Russian
military bases in Armenia, the quotas obligations provided for in the
Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, he said.
"For this reason there's no need to conclude a new document or a new
agreement between the sides for bringing Russian military equipment to
Armenia," Shakhsuvarian said.
On Tuesday a trainload of military equipment and ammunition had set off
from the Batumi base to the Armenian town of Gyumri, he recalled.
Simultaneously, Shakhsuvarian noted that relocation of Russian
servicemen from Georgia to Armenia has not yet been spoken of.
Back in 1995, in keeping with the Armenian-Russian interstate agreement,
the Russian 102nd military base was deployed near Gyumri and is now
doing combat duty within the framework of the united air-defense system
of countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The base is subordinated to the Transcaucasian group of troops of the
Russian North Caucasian military district. The base has an aircraft
missile system S-300 and MiG-29 fighters, a 5,000-strong personnel.
The possibility of relocating Russian military bases from Georgia to
Armenia has worried Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. It believes that
the relocation will not be conducive to settling the drawn-out
Armenian-Azeri conflict around Nagorny Karabakh, an Armenian enclave in