Russian, Armenian Defense Chiefs Discuss More Russian Troop Deployments in Armenia


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Vagharshak Harutyunyan and Sergei Shoigu again spoke by phone on Wednesday, June 16, amid a continuing Armenian-Azerbaijani military standoff at disputed portions of the border.

In a statement on the phone call, the Armenian Defense Ministry said the two ministers looked at “ways of resolving the existing situation at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.”

“Vagharshak Harutyunyan and Sergei Shoigu also discussed the deployment alongside the Armenian Armed Forces of Russian border guards at border sections of Syunik and Gegharkunik,” added the statement. It gave no other details.

The Russian Defense Ministry issued no statements on Shoigu’s latest phone call with his Armenian counterpart. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said late last week that Yerevan and Moscow are now exploring the possibility of Russian troop deployments to the two Armenian border regions. He said Russian military officials have visited those areas to inspect “possible deployment sites.”

Pashinyan proposed on May 27 that Armenia and Azerbaijan withdraw their troops from the contested border sections and let Russia and/or the United States and France, the two other countries co-chairing the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group, deploy observers there. Baku effectively turned down the proposal.



Power Poster
Not surprised and interesting Russia left option of Russian/US/French observers into the contested areas.
Ploy or attempt at international cooperation.