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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:48 pm
by Lernakan
Russia Vows To Boost Armenian Air Defense


YEREVAN (RFE/RL)--Russia is satisfied with Armenia's air defense capabilities but will continue to help strengthen and modernize them, the visiting chief of the Russian Air Force said on Thursday.

"On the one hand, Armenia's national system of air defense makes us happy," said General Vladimir Mikhaylov. "On the other, we will keep helping you, including with means and forces existing at the Russian military base No. 102 which is stationed here."

Mikhaylov did not elaborate on the promised assistance as he spoke to reporters in Yerevan after chairing a regular meeting of body coordinating the air defenses of the six ex-Soviet states aligned in the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian, who also attended the meeting, said Armenia welcomes Russian efforts to step up air-defense coordination and other forms of military cooperation within the CSTO framework. He argued that the Armenian army and the Russian military base have been jointly defending Armenia's airspace since April 1999.

The joint anti-aircraft protection was given the status of the CSTO's "integrated regional system of air defense" during the Yerevan meeting of senior military officials from Armenia, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. What that means in practical terms remained unclear, though.

"We are switching to a new system. It's better and more effective," Mikhaylov's deputy, Lieutenant General Aytech Bizhev, told RFE/RL. Bizhev declined to elaborate on his recent statement that Russia upgraded Armenia's air defense last year and trained Armenian specialists to operate its sophisticated S-300 missile systems as part of the assistance. He also would not say if that means Yerevan will be supplied with such systems, referring all inquiries to Armenian officials.

Major-General Ararat Ambarian, chief of the air defense department at the Armenian Defense Ministry, was equally reticent about the subject, saying only that the training process began in 2005. "Exploiting [those systems] is quite difficult," he said. "You must try hard to learn doing that."

ASBAREZ, 2/16/2007

PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:48 pm
by Lernakan
Bordyuzha: Armenian army most efficient in post-soviet space


16.02.2007 17:50 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ The Armenian Army is the most efficient one in the post-soviet space, said Secretary Nikolay Bordyuzha, the Secretary General of the Collective security Treaty Organization (CSTO). “I was present at many exercises and saw the Armenian units, which are not numerous but well trained and rallied by a high moral spirit,” said he. “Armenia’s representatives in the CSTO are active and advance plenty of various offers and initiatives,” Bordyuzha said, report Russian media.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:49 pm
by Lernakan

20.02.2007 16:10

Today in Stepanakert RA Defense Minister Serge Sargsyan awarded "Tigran
Mets" state order to the Defense Army of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic
"for exceptional service to Motherland," Mediamax agency reports.

Responding to journalists' questions, Sege Sargsyan noted that the army
should everything for the political leadership to be more confident
in negotiating on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict. He did
not agree to the opinion that the domestic political situation in
Armenia is so serious that it can jeopardize the security of borders
of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh.

Today a youth march was held in Stepanakert on the occasion of the
19th anniversary of the national liberation movement of Karabakh, the
participants of which carried a huge flag of NKR through the streets.

On February 20 the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Region of Nagorno
Karabakh applied to the USSR Supreme Council with the request to
pass the Autonomous Region to Armenia, which marked the start of the
Karabakh movement.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 4:11 pm
by Lernakan

Serge Sargsyan Visits Syunik
02.03.2007 16:25

RA Defense Minister, President of the Republican Party Council Serge
Sargsyan is paying a two-day visit to Syunik Marz. He visited N
military unit deployed in Syunik district, where he granted state
awards to more than 10 servicemen on the occasion of the 15th
anniversary of formation of the Armenian Army, Armenpress reports.

The Minister next visited N military unit in Goris. According to RA
President Robert Kocharyan's decree, this military unit was a warded
with "Vardan Mamikonyan" order.

The same day in Goris Culture House Serge Sargsyan met with parents
of servicemen from Goris and Sisian regions, families of wounded and
killed soldiers.

In the evening Serge Sargsyan visited Kapan and met with activists
of the regional structure of the Republican Party of Armenia. Today
the Minister visited one of the military units deployed in Kapan,
after which he handed house certificates to 25 Officers. In the
Culture Center of Kapan the Minister met with parents of servicemen
from Meghri and Kapan regions, families of wounded and killed soldiers.

According to Serge Sargsyan, Duch meetings pursue two objectives:
to get familiar with the problems families of servicemen face and to
learn how the privileges of servicemen's families are realized.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:33 pm
by Armenian
Լաւ էջ «Շարան» ես բացել - կեցցես:

Այսուհետեւ, կարող ենք այստեղ ցուցաբերել մեր Հանրապետության զինուած ուժերի վերաբերեալ մամուլից քաղուած նյութեր, նաև քննարկումներ և նկարներ:

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:20 pm
by Lernakan

Mediamax news agency
29 May 07

Yerevan, 29 May: An inter-agency commission tasked with working out a
draft of the republic's military doctrine, Maj-Gen Mikayel Melkonyan,
the head of the Defence Ministry's department for international
military cooperation and defence programmes, has said.

He made the remarks today [29 May] when speaking at a news conference
dedicated to international Peacekeepers' Day, marked on 29 May,
at the NATO Information Centre in Yerevan.

Melkonyan said that according to the Individual Partnership Actions
Plan (IPAP) between Armenia and NATO, the doctrine should be adopted
by the end of 2008.

"However, we are ahead of the schedule in several IPAP components,
and I think that the military doctrine will be adopted in late 2007,"
he said.

He said that Armenia's National Security Strategy too was adopted ahead
of the schedule: under the IPAP, this document was to be adopted only
in the end of this year.

Melkonyan said that the IPAP is being implemented "very
successfully". He said that the success is due to the fact that "this
is exactly the programme needed for reforming and modernizing our army,
there is nothing artificial or imposed in it".

He said that the issue of establishing the institute of ombudsman in
the Armenian Armed Forces is almost settled.

"We have decided to choose the best option and establish a post of
deputy Armenian ombudsman for the armed forces. The government has
already allotted necessary funding, and very soon a person will be
appointed to that position," he said.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:23 pm
by Lernakan
Translated by Pavel Pushkin

Source: Krasnaya Zvezda, June 01, 2007, p. 3
Agency WPS
June 4, 2007 Monday

Major General Mikael Melkonyan, director of the department of
international military cooperation and defense programs of the Defense
Ministry of Armenia, reports that a peacekeeping brigade will be
formed in the national armed forces by 2011. According to Melkonyan,
the brigade will be formed on the basis of the Armenian peacekeeping
battalion. Melkonyan says: "In the framework of the plan of actions of
individual partnership NATO-Armenia, we plan to organize a peacekeeping
brigade by 2015, but we think that it is expedient to accomplish the
project earlier than the deadline; moreover, we have all the necessary
grounds for this, such as the relevant base and human resources."

The brigade will differ from the battalion qualitatively and
functionally. The personnel will be 300-400% larger. The brigade
will include a mobile hospital, a combat engineers squad, as well
as a rapid response unit. The brigade will be an elite unit of the
national armed forces and experienced professionals will serve there.

Melkonyan stresses: "We set a task of creating the brigade in three
to four years. If the goal is achieved, the armed forces of Armenia
will be reinforced with a mobile and combat ready formation that will
also become the face of our army in the international arena, will
increase the confidence of partners and will sober up our enemies."

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:42 pm
by Lernakan

Mediamax news agency
5 Jun 07

Yerevan, 5 June: Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, accompanied by
Defence Minister Mikayel Harutyunyan, paid a visit to an anti-aircraft
defence base in Chobankar today [5 June].

The Armenian government's press service reported that Sargsyan said
that in order to have an up-to-date and strong an anti-aircraft
defence system, it should be modernized and re-equipped periodically,
as well as it is necessary to ensure its compatibility with the united
anti-aircraft defence system of the CIS and the Collective Security
Treaty Organization member countries.

Sargsyan said that the reforms in the Armenian armed forces continue
and their results will be apparent in the coming years.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:16 pm
by Lernakan
Who is Azerbaijan trying to assure in high alertness of his army?
20.06.2007 14:50 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ “Armed forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan are rather equipped and trained to settle the Karabakh problem by power of arms. We only need president’s order for it. However, not all possibilities of peaceful solution are expired yet. We think the peace method is the best variant to liberate occupied territories,” Spokesman for the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan Eldar Sabiroglu stated, commenting on statements made by local public figures that it is necessary to forcefully settle the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

The Spokesman for the Azeri Defense Ministry called groundless some analytical reports in foreign press, according to which the army of Azerbaijan is weak and is not ready to fulfill successful military operations. “Those statements carry political hidden motives and do not reflect the reality. Our army is equipped with modern armaments, it has a high level of military discipline and moral spirit of servicemen,” he underlined, “Novosti-Armenia” reports.

During debates held in the Johns Hopkins University, Washington, senior associate at the American Foreign Policy Council Wayne Merry described Azerbaijan’s constant threats to start blitzkrieg as unreal. “Nagorno Karabakh is a natural stronghold, which was consolidated by the Armenian army. Even the U.S. army will face hardships in case of attacking it,” the expert said. “The Armenian Armed Forces excel their rival several times. It’s not a secret that Armenia has an army while Azerbaijan has ‘armed forces’ only,” Merry said. In his opinion, in case of resumption of war Azerbaijan will hope for human resources while Armenia will rely on armament and efficiency. Armenians will defend Karabakh while Azerbaijan will have to conquer it, what is unreal, he added. Taking into account these factors Merry considers that Azerbaijan will never succeed in settling the Nagorno Karabakh conflict by force. According to him, Baku’s military rhetoric constitutes a threat of war.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:50 am
by Armanen
Why are we buying weapons from shiptar scum, and why does Serbia still not allow the sale of arms to Armenia? It's all so f***** up, to put it bluntly.

NewsBlaze, CA
July 28 2007

Crossfire War - Turkey Continues Undeclared War With Armenia - Russia

By Willard Payne

Night Watch: DARDANELLES - An undeclared war, conducted for more than
a century, between Turkey and Armenia is still continuing.
ANK-Turkish Daily News have reported Ankara has refused permission
for an Albanian cargo ship to pass through the Turkish Straits of the
Dardanelles and Bosporous into the Black Sea with its final
destination being Armenia. The ship was loaded with weapons for the
Armenian military and was forced to turn back. Most likely the
weapons will have to shipped to Armenia through Russia, which earlier
this year established a strategic - military alliance with Armenia as
Moscow's and the West's effort to retain access to the energy
resources of the Black Sea-Caucasus-Caspian region.

Ankara has combined its regional policy with Tehran and the Georgian
government in Tbilisi in their attempt to control the region and that
is why this theatre is the decisive one in World War III. This is the
only area Iran can be confronted so directly. Even though every NATO
nation needs constant access to raw materials in this area, NATO
refused to assist Moscow in any way during the first wars in the
North Caucasus from 1994-96 in Chechnya, and in the second series of
wars that began again in 1999 when Daghestan was invaded. NATO's
failure, due to its suspicious strategic scheming, has prolonged
World War III and has enabled Tehran to produce more nuclear warheads
and ballistic missiles. Brussels, headquarters of both NATO and the
European Union, instead kept insisting and still insists on wars with

Night Watch Information Service

azeri Press Agency, azerbaijan
July 28 2007

Elmar Mammadyarov sends letter to his Albanian, Pakistani
counterparts and OIC secretary general on arms sales to Armenia

[ 28 Jul 2007 14:03 ]

azerbaijan's Foreign Minister sent a letter to Albanian Foreign
Minister Lulzim Basha, secretary general of Organization of Islamic
Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and the head of the
organization's Foreign Ministers' Council, Pakistan's Foreign
Minister Khurshid Kasuri on illegal arms sales to Armenia, spokesman
for Foreign Ministry Khazar Ibrahim told APA.

The letter says that such relations between Albania and Armenia pose
serious concern. It does not only worry Azerbaijani society, but also
has negative influence on friendship relations between Azerbaijan and
Albania, members of UN, OSCE and OIC.
`As you know, over 800,000 Azerbaijanis became refugees as a result
of Armenian aggression and ethnic cleansing. According to OIC
resolutions, in order to prevent Armenia from continuing aggression
and enlarging the conflict, the organization member states should not
sell military supplies, weapons to Armenia, and should not allow
using their country a transit country. This fact contradicts norms
and principles of the international law. Baku is against war and
regards selling military supplies and weapons to Armenia as an act
against Azerbaijan,' the letter says.
Taking into account mutual relations between Azerbaijan and Albania,
especially high-level meeting of the two presidents last month in
Istanbul in the framework of BSECO summit, Elmar Mammadyarov called
on his Albanian counterpart to intervene in the case and ensure
canceling sale of weapons,. /APA/

PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:08 am
by Armanen

Noyan Tapan
Jul 27, 2007

YEREVAN, JULY 27, NOYAN TAPAN. The information spread about Armenia's
purchasing armament from Albania and its transportation through
the territory of Turkey were categorically denied in the Armenian
Defence Ministry.

Colonel Seyran Shahsuvarian, the Spokesperson of the RA Defence
Ministry, assured that the Armenian side has not purchased any armament
from Albania.

"This report is one more fabrication of the Turkish-Azeri propaganda
machine," he stated.

According to information spread by some Azeri, Russian, and Turkish
media, the Albanian Prime Minister, Sali Berisha made a statement on
suppling arms to Armenia.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:12 am
by Armanen

27.07.2007 18:15 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Today the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry will send a
note to Albania. Azeri FM Elmar Mammadyarov told Azeri TV channels that
it will be a note of protest against "illegal selling of armament to
Armenia." The Minister emphasized that according to a UN resolution,
"no country can sell armament to other countries which are in state
of war."

"Armenia has never bought weapons from Albania and is not going to do
it. The information spread by APA agency is a lie from the beginning
to the end," Spokesman for the RA Defense Ministry Colonel Seyran
Shahsuvaryan told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter yesterday.

Quoting Industrywatch APA reported that Turkish authorities have
refused transit to a sizeable consignment of Albanian weapons and
ammunition bound for Armenia. They forced the Albanian ship to sail
back with its cargo.

Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berishi said Turkey forced back the
Albanian ship loaded with armament.

"One of our naval vessels loaded with containers full of weapons,
mainly heavy artillery and ammunition, was berthed at Durres port. The
ship had sailed from Durres to Istanbul," he underlined adding
that problematic relations between Armenia and Turkey resulted in a
situation when the ship had to return and the armament was unloaded
in Duress port. MEIKO Company director stated that Albania is not
interfering in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The
Albanian Defense Ministry had appointed the MEIKO Company to fill the
Armenian order, since it had some experience in this business selling
Pinari armament. The Armenian side would pay for the consignment of
armament," APA reported.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 9:25 am
by Armanen
By M. Alkhazashvili, translated by Diana Dundua

The Messenger, Georgia
July 27 2007

Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said that Turkish authorities
blocked a shipment of Albanian weapons and ammunition bound for
Armenia, reports the news agency Regnum.

"They forced an Albanian ship to sail back with its cargo. One of our
naval vessels, loaded with containers full of weapons, mainly heavy
artillery and ammunition, was berthed at Durres port. The ship had
sailed from Durres to Istanbul, loaded with 60 containers of heavy
artillery and shells, destined for Armenia," explained Berisha.

Turkey and Armenia do not have formal diplomatic relations.

The director of MEIKO, the company responsible for fulfilling the arms
order, said Albania has no interest in getting in between Turkey and
Armenia. The company is now looking for alternative shipping routes.

According to the company director, the Armenian Defense Ministry
placed a large weapons order with its Albanian counterpart, asking
for a variety of arms, including heavy artillery

PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:56 pm
by Armanen
by Yury Simonyan, translated by Pavel Pushkin

Agency WPS
Nezavisimaya Gazeta
July 30, 2007 Monday

Armenia denies information about an attempt to buy a large batch of
armament from albania; Turkey denied the transit of a large batch of
armament and ammunition for Armenia to Albania, reported BBC Monitoring
European in IndustryWatch with reference to Albanian Gazeta Shqiptare.

Turkey denied the transit of a large batch of armament and ammunition
for Armenia to Albania, reported BBC Monitoring European in
IndustryWatch with reference to Albanian Gazeta Shqiptare.

The text published by the IndustryWatch website quotes the words of
Prime Minister of Albania, Sali Berish, that Turkey forced an Albanian
ship with armament to turn back. Berish said, "One of our ships with
60 containers filled mostly with heavy artillery and ammunition was
heading from the port of Durres to Istanbul." He pointed out that the
problematic relations of Turkey and Armenia resulted in a situation
when the ship had to return and unload the armament in Durres.

The publication also quotes a top-ranking representative of Albanian
company MEIKO specializing in armament trade as saying that Albania
does not care about the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, "All procedures
of sale were in order and complied with the law. Now we are considering
the possibility of using other routes."

According to description of the deal, a representative of the Defense
Ministry of Armenia contacted the Defense Ministry of Albania and
expressed readiness to pay for a large batch of armament including
air defense guns with calibers from 75 mm to 122 mm. However, the
operation was ruined by Turkish authorities.

Colonel Seiran Shakhsuvaryan, press secretary of the Defense Ministry
of Armenia, announced, "The Defense Ministry of Armenia did not
sign any deals for the armament purchase of Albania. We consider
the published information as another Turkish-Azerbaijani provocation
against Armenia."

Any private paramilitary organizations of Armenia could not turn to
Tirana for weapons either. Lieutenant Colonel Musheg Kroyan, deputy
director of the PR department of the police of Armenia, commented,
"All trading operations with combat weapons are conducted only through
the Defense Ministry. According to the law, private security companies
have a right to buy and use pump and pneumatic small arms that can
be bought in local stores and this is under control."

Artvin Bagramyan, official spokesperson for the national security
council of Armenia, commended laconically, "Gibberish!" A top-ranking
representative of this organization pointed at the absurd nature of
the publication, "Our strategic partner is Russia, who produces the
best armament in the world. The Armenian army is armed with Russian
weapons. Why do we need to order weapons in Muslim Albania and to
deliver it via Turkey-whose relations with our country we do not even
need to speak of--and not, say, deliver the weapons via the ports of
Russia or by a direct air flight?!"

Most likely, the Foreign Ministry of Armenia will not leave the
scandal with "Albanian armament" without comment. The Foreign Ministry
simultaneously denied other rumors regarding the instruction received
from international organizations regarding significant excess of
armament in Armenia. Officials of the Foreign Ministry of Armenia
said, "To date, not a single delegation inspecting Armenia under
the CFE registered the volumes of armament exceeding international
agreements. This information that has nothing in common with reality."

PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 6:16 pm
by Armanen
Armenian, do you think the sale of arms by albania to Armenia really happened or is another example of turkish/azeri bs?