Russia, Armenia to set up joint air defense system in the Caucasus

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Source: UPI

The Armenian parliament has ratified an agreement between Moscow and Yerevan on the establishment of a single air defense system in the Caucasus region. On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked the Russian State Duma to also approve the agreement, which is aimed at improving security along Russia’s southern border.

The agreement is concluded for a period of five years with the option to extend it for another five years.

Experts and military analysts regard the agreement as beneficial to both parties, particularly because it allows increased monitoring of Turkey.

Benefits to Armenia

“Under this agreement, we shall be able, when carrying our regional air defense tasks, to use Russian fourth-generation multi-role jet fighters, S-300 systems, their anti-missile and radar capabilities for aerial reconnaissance,” Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan told the country’s public television station Armenia 1.

Benefits for Russia

“Russia and Armenia do not have common airspace, they are separated by Georgia. The joining together of their air defense systems will allow Moscow to create an additional ‘air defense umbrella’ beyond its borders,” said former deputy air defense commander of the Russian Ground Troops, Ret. Lt. Gen Alexander Luzan.

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