Armenia is reforming its army after the hostilities in Karabakh, optimizing the numerical strength of the army, switching to new weapons and military equipment systems, Defense Minister Vagarshak Arutyunyan said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
“The implementation of military reform in Armenia is not only planned, but is being implemented, and our Russian colleagues are directly involved in this process,” Arutyunyan said.
According to him, the main efforts will be focused on the development of the command and control system, intelligence service, electronic warfare, air defense and unmanned aerial vehicles, missile forces and artillery.
The reforms were discussed with the Russian army, which visited Armenia at the end of January.
Arutyunyan added that Yerevan is counting on Moscow’s role in the peace process in Karabakh.
At the end of September last year, hostilities continued in Nagorno-Karabakh, which became a continuation of the long-lasting conflict and led to casualties among the civilian population.
The parties tried several times to conclude a truce, but it turned out that the tripartite agreement reached on the night of November 10 was successful. With the mediation of Moscow, Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to completely cease fire and exchange prisoners and bodies of the dead. Yerevan also handed over the areas of Kelbajar, Lachin and Agdam to Baku. In addition, Russian peacekeepers are stationed in the region.
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