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Armenia not to participate in the military exercises of CSTO in Kazakhstan

Armenia not to participate in the military exercises of CSTO in Kazakhstan

This year, Armenia will not participate in the military exercises to be held in Kazakhstan within the framework of CSTO because of the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, the RA Ministry of Defense informs in response to Infocom's inquiry. On September 22, the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan announced that from September 26 to October 8, the exercises "Interaction 2022", "Search 2022" and "Echelon 20222" will be held with the collective rapid reaction forces of the CSTO in Zhambyl and Almaty regions. Information was circulating on the Internet that Armenia will not participate in the CSTO military exercises this year. Infocom sent a request to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia to find out whether Armenia will participate in these military exercises and will send military personnel from Armenia. In response to our inquiry, the Ministry of Defense informed that taking into account the situation created on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border as a result of the aggression carried out by Azerbaijan, the RA Ministry of Defense, based on the problems faced by the RA Armed Forces, has made a decision to refrain from the participation of the units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the exercises to be held in the framework of the CSTO in the Republic of Kazakhstan. It should be reminded that on the night of September 13, Azerbaijan attacked the sovereign territory of Armenia, occupying Armenian territories and targeting civil infrastructures. The Armenian side has victims, including civilians. At the moment there is a ceasefire, but RA officials are talking about the possibility of new aggression by Azerbaijan.
17:49 - 26 September, 2022
We are grateful to the United States, through whose mediation a fragile ceasefire agreement was reached - Alen Simonyan

We are grateful to the United States, through whose mediation a fragile ceasefire agreement was reached - Alen Simonyan

The meeting with the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi took place. We discussed the regional problems and the wide scope of bilateral cooperation, Alen Simonyan, RA National Assembly Speaker informed.   "Mrs. Pelosi's visit to Armenia in this gravest period is extremely important for us. We always felt her support in the most difficult issues sensible for us.   During the meeting, we spoke about the military aggression by Azerbaijan on September 13, against the sovereign territory of Armenia. I informed her that the Azerbaijani armed forces severely bombed not only the border positions of Armenia but also numerous settlements and civilian infrastructure, as a consequence of which there are many human losses.   It is clear that the military-political power of Azerbaijan takes advantage of the fact that the attention of the international community is focused on Ukraine.   We are grateful to the United States for the agreement on the fragile ceasefire reached by their mediation on September 14. We are thankful also to the U.S power, particularly the members of Congress for the targeted assessment of the war actions of Azerbaijan.   At the meeting, I presented the consistent progress recorded in the strengthening of democratic institutes and rule of law after the 2018 Velvet revolution and the steps to be taken.   We referred to the development of the Armenian-American inter-parliamentary relations and discussed the perspectives of expansion of cooperation in that direction. In this context, I highly appreciated the activity of the Congressional Armenian Caucus (CAC) and its key role in the strengthening of bilateral ties.   The U.S. Congress has continuously proved that it is a reliable partner and an important platform, where in the atmosphere of mutual understanding and genuine friendship numerous issues on Armenia, Artsakh and the Armenian people can be discussed.   We also discussed regional problems, as well as issues on bilateral cooperation.   Both sides highlighted the need for continuous expansion of joint agenda aimed at democratic values."
12:54 - 18 September, 2022
The Chief of the General Staff stated that they will not allow the viability of the group located 4.5 km from Jermuk to be ensured, that group will leave from there

The Chief of the General Staff stated that they will not allow the viability of the group located 4.5 km from Jermuk to be ensured, that group will leave from there

As reported earlier, Edward Asryan, head of the General Staff of the RA Armed Forces, said at a meeting with diplomatic representatives in the RA in Jermuk that "currently, the groups of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces units are located 4.5 km away from the gates of the city of Jermuk". After the meeting, in a conversation with journalists outside, he showed the areas where the Azerbaijani armed forces have reached. He specifically mentioned that only one group of the enemy is located at a distance of 4.5 km from the Jermuk gates.  "And from the top of the hill, (where that group is located, - ed.), to the right and left, that is, to the south and north, the depth of the enemy's penetration, taking into account the distance from the city of Jermuk, is 8, 10 km," he stated. He emphasized that it should also be understood from a tactical point of view that the enemy did not reach Jermuk's gates with the attack, but only one group, which was cut off from its units, was on the top of that hill.  "And from the point of view of viability. if that group of the enemy is not supplied with both food and water, there is a specially prepared unit, then within a few days their resources will be completely exhausted, and they will have to leave there,"  he said. Asryan reminded that he presented at the meeting that the group was surrounded from the sides by Armenian units, stressing that he considers the tactical situation to be stable, and as a result of the skillful actions of the Armenian side, that group will leave there. "We will not allow their viability to be ensured, there will be no movement of vehicles to our territory, and currently there is none. They are not able to bring their food and water and provide them, and losing their vitality, the group will retreat and join their main units, which are located at greater distances from Jermuk's junctions, 7, 8, 10, even on the order," he noted. The head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces also said that today they also observed that a group of 50-60 people of the enemy retreated to the RA state border.  "This is the situation," he concluded.
16:37 - 16 September, 2022