Envoy: Russia supporting modernization of Armenian army

February 23, 2021 – 13:53 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Russia supports in the modernization of its Armed Forces, said Russian Ambassador to Sergei Kopyrkin has said.

Kopyrkin told reporters about the “very intensive contacts” between the Defense Ministries of Armenia and Russia in various directions, Aysor.am reports.

“Issues of strengthening interaction between our countries and the armed forces are being discussed,” Kopyrkin noted.

He also said constant work is underway with the participation of Russia’s top leadership on the issue of returning the Armenian prisoners of war: “I would like everything to be faster, in accordance with the “all for all” principle. The process is not easy, but it’s continuing.”

Armenian Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan said earlier that the country is reforming the army after the recent hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, optimizing the size of the armed forces, and switching to new systems of weapons and military equipment. Harutyunyan said the reforms were discussed with Russian military officials who visited Armenia in late January.

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