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Armenian opposition proposes to place a second Russian military base in the country

Armenian opposition proposes to place a second Russian military base in the country
Russia may place a second military base on the territory of Armenia, which will be located near the border with Azerbaijan. This proposal was made by the Armenian opposition.

According to the party leader “Enlightened Armenia” Edmond Marukyan, Armenia must sign new security agreement with Russia, within the framework of which to provide for the creation of a second Russian military base in the south of the country in the Syunik region, bordering Azerbaijan. he stressed, that negotiations on a new Russian base “vital” for Armenia.

(…) we consider it vital to start urgent negotiations on the deployment of a new Russian military base in the Syunik region. The military base will become, one side, support of effective, dynamic activities of the Russian peacekeeping forces in Karabakh, on the other hand, guarantor of long-term peace and security in the region
– said Marukyan.

Armenian politician noted, that Armenia already has a positive experience in the deployment of the 102nd Russian military base in Gyumri. This base has been the guarantor of the republic's security for decades and ensures the inviolability of the border from Turkey..

102-I am a Russian military base stationed in Gyumri with 1995 of the year. The total number of personnel is about 5 thousands of people. The base also includes the Erebuni airfield in Yerevan. The airbase is armed with modernized MiG-29 fighters, attack helicopters Mi-24P and military transport Mi-8MT.

Initially, the period of stay of the Russian military in Armenia was 25 years, but in 2010 year the document was amended, increasing the period from 25 to 49 years.

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