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Armenia, Greece To Continue Military Cooperation


Armenia - The chief of the Armenian army's General Staff, General Yuri Khachaturov (R), and his Greek counterpart, General Mikhail Kostarakos, meet in Yerevan, 25Sep2013.

Armenia - The chief of the Armenian army's General Staff, General Yuri Khachaturov (R), and his Greek counterpart, General Mikhail Kostarakos, meet in Yerevan, 25Sep2013.

The Armenian and Greek militaries pledged on Wednesday to carry on with what Greece’s top army general described as “strategic” bilateral cooperation during a visit to Yerevan.

“The foundations of that cooperation are historical as our two nations have long had close relations,” General Mikhail Kostarakos, the chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff, said after talks with his Armenian opposite number, General Yuri Khachaturov.

The two generals addressed the press after presiding over the signing of a plan of joint activities by Armenia’s and Greece’s armed forces for next year. They gave few details of that document at the news conference.

The Armenian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the two sides plan to hold more than a dozen joint events in 2014. Those include training courses, exercises and other forms of “exchange of experience,” it said.

Kostarakos met with President Serzh Sarkisian earlier in the day. Sarkisian was cited by his press office as praising “close cooperation in the military sphere” existing between the two countries.

Hundreds of Armenian military personnel have been trained at Greek military academies over the past two decades. NATO member Greece has also helped to train and equip an Armenian army brigade that contributes troops to ongoing NATO-led missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo.
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