Apr 29, 2021
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Armenia refuses to participate in NATO exercises Defender Europe 21

The Armenian Armed Forces participate only in the exercises of the peacekeeping contingent

The Armenian Armed Forces refused to take part in NATO military exercises.

“Despite the official statements made earlier, in response to numerous inquiries that continue to come from the media, we note once again that the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia does not envisage the participation of units of the Armenian Armed Forces in the NATO military exercises Defender Europe 21 (Defender Europe 21 ) “,

– reads the official statement of the Armenian Defense Ministry.

The Ministry notes that information about the participation of the Armenian military in these exercises regularly appears in the media, in connection with which they had to make a second official statement. Initially, their refusal to participate in NATO exercises in Yerevan was announced back in March.

“We asked the organizers of the exercise to revise the list of participants posted on the Defender Europe 21 website,

– told in the defense department.

The Defense Ministry explains its refusal by the fact that although Armenia cooperates with the North Atlantic Alliance within the framework of the individual partnership program, it only takes part in those military exercises aimed at “Training of the peacekeeping contingent as part of international missions and special forces”

However, the goals of the large-scale military exercises Defender Europe 21 have nothing to do with maintaining peace and stability in Europe.

Let us remind you that during the Karabakh war in October last year, NATO was criticized in Yerevan more than once for the fact that the member state of the alliance Turkey provides military assistance to Azerbaijan in the war against Nagorno-Karabakh.

“When a NATO member is involved in this process, when a NATO member transports mercenaries and terrorists to the conflict zone, then the responsibility of the alliance in this case is direct, and it must answer these questions,”

– stated the Prime Minister of Armenia Nicole Pashinyan in an interview with an Indian TV company WION during the Karabakh war.

According to the former Deputy Minister of Defense of Armenia Artak Zakaryan, the decision of the Ministry of Defense is correct, today the Armed Forces of the country need to solve completely different tasks – to engage in reorganization and prepare for deep anti-crisis reforms, which is much more important than participation in military exercises. The main argument for refusal is the fact that Armenia needs to focus all its attention not on NATO, but on cooperation with Russia, Zakaryan is sure, stressing that any international exercises are part of foreign policy.

Teachings Defender of Europe 21 will be held in May – June this year at more than thirty polygons in ten European countries. This exercise will be NATO’s largest military exercise, involving more than 30,000 troops from 27 countries.

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