Armenian Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan stated that the republic is interested in expanding and building up the potential of the 102nd Russian military base in Gyumri, RIA Novosti writes.
The interlocutor of the agency recalled that the base in full force is part of the Joint Grouping of Troops (Forces) of the Armed Forces of Armenia and the Russian Federation, therefore, its development will entail building up the potential of a joint group operating on a bilateral basis in the Caucasus region of collective security.
Harutyunyan noted that the Russian Ministry of Defense takes into account the military-political realities of the region and takes the right steps to strengthen and re-equip the base, which, according to the minister, will have a long-term character.
In Gyumri, Shirak region of Armenia, in accordance with an interstate agreement of 1995, a Russian military base is deployed. In 2010, the document was amended, according to which the period of her stay was extended from the initial 25 to 49 years, that is, until 2044.
At the same time, Harutyunyan stated that the Armenian authorities do not consider it necessary to deploy a second Russian military base in the country. “I think there is no such need for this, and the normative legal framework that exists at the moment between our states determines the status and regulates the activities of only one Russian base,” the minister explained his point of view.
At the end of September, hostilities resumed in Nagorno-Karabakh, which became a continuation of the long-term conflict. On November 10, a trilateral agreement was concluded with the mediation of Russia.