Armenian and Russian Defence Ministers hold talks in Moscow

Armenian Defence Minister Suren Papikyan met with Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu within the framework of the Moscow Forum on International Security Issues. Russian media reports that among the topics discussed was the activity of the Russian military contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh

Speaking at the start of the meeting Defence Minister Shoigu said: "We have issues to discuss, among them there are traditional issues related to our military-technical and military cooperation. Of course, there are also questions related to our peacekeeping contingent, which is solving the problems before it in Nagorno-Karabakh. We are convinced, like you, that the main stabilizing factor is the maintenance the ceasefire along the contact line," he said.

Shoigu thanked Papikyan for attending the opening of the "Army 2022" international military-industrial exhibition and the "International Army Games 2022" tournament, as well as for participating in the Moscow conference on international security issues.

On His part Armenian Defence Minister Suren Papikyan noted that the meeting on August 16 was already the second one this year, which shows the high level of Armenian-Russian partnership and bilateral interaction.

"This meeting is very important for us. We highly appreciate the level of Russian-Armenian cooperation, as well as the role of the Russian presence in the South Caucasus," said Papikyan.

source: with agencies
photo: Armenian Defence Minister Suren Papikyan and Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu (archive picture)