Russia and Armenia have agreed to a regional air defense system that will soon include Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. 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.
Russia Today reports that 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. It 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.
This proves significant and would deter Azerbaijan from committing any aggression against Armenia. Azerbaijan has been engaged in massive military spending through its oil and gas revenue. Starting an aggressive war in its Armenian majority Nagorno-Karabakh region in 1988, Armenian militia fought for 6 years and successfully defeated the Azeri forces. Azerbaijan has never regained the territory it lost from its fruitless war. This mutual defense pact between Russia and Armenia and would surely discourage Azeri plans for another war with Turkish backing.
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