In Digest, Russia, Turkey / Türkiye

RT.com, Dec 23, 2015

Russia and Armenia have signed a collective security deal on a united regional air defense system in the Caucasus. Moscow is currently working on a similar system with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Russian airforce base in Erubuni, Armenia (Twitter)

Russian airforce base in Erubuni, Armenia (Twitter)

The air defense agreement between Russia and Armenia has been signed by the heads of defense of the two countries, Sergey Shoigu and Seyran Ohanyan.

In 2013, Moscow signed a deal on a joint regional air defense system with Kazakhstan. Russian and Belarusian systems have already been unified.

At the same time, Russia has handed over an S-300 air defense system to Kazakhstan. According to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, “this is a great – if not the key – contribution to the unified air defense system that has already been put in place.”

Currently, Armenia hosts a Russian military base equipped with S-300 air defense complexes and MiG-29 interceptor fighter jets. Russia’s Erebuni base is part of the unified air defense system of ex-Soviet republics known as the CIS. The base was formed in 1995 and is situated some 126 kilometers to the north of the Armenian capital, Yerevan. According to an intergovernmental agreement, Russian military will stay in Armenia till 2044. The number of military personnel at the Erebuni airfield and 102nd Military Base in Gyumri reportedly varies between 4,000 and 5,000.

On December 8 the Erebuni base was reinforced with six advanced Mi-24P (NATO designation – Hind) assault helicopters and an Mi-8MT transport helicopter delivered from the Russian Air Force base in the Krasnodar region.

On December 8 the Erebuni base was reinforced with six advanced Mi-24P (NATO designation – Hind) assault helicopters and an Mi-8MT transport helicopter delivered from the Russian Air Force base in the Krasnodar region.

The creation of a joint missile air defense system with Armenia enables Russia to ensure its position in the South Caucasus, America’s Stratfor geopolitical intelligence firm noted in late November, about a month ahead of the current deal.

Read also:
Russia reinforces base in Armenia with attack and transport helicopters, Sputnik News, Dec 21, 2015

Ankara: Russia-Armenia deal heats up Caucasus, Reuters, Dec 25, 2015

The Turkish government has expressed concern an agreement between Russia and Armenia to unify their air defense systems and Armenia’s recent statement that a ceasefire with arch-foe Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh “virtually no longer exists” will increase the risk of clashes in the Caucasus…

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu and his Armenian counterpart, Seyran Ohanyan, signed an agreement on Dec. 23 to form a Joint Air Defense System in the Caucasus.

Meanwhile, Armenia said on Dec. 22 that the ceasefire with arch-foe Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh virtually no longer exists, describing frequent skirmishes at the frontline as “war”…

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