Russia not Intend to Increase Armed Contingent in Armenia: Deputy Minister
Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend K.Ramazanova / Russia does not intend to increase armed contingent in Armenia after absolving from the Treaty on Conventional Arms in Europe (TCAE), said the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Kislyak, on 26 July in Baku.
According to him, Russia does not intend to use these measures as a response to the decision of the USA to establish missile defense system in Eastern Europe.
Touching upon Russia's absolving from TCAE, Kislyak said that Russia does not seek confrontations. According to him, all their steps are directed towards returning the situation into more normal and more controlled manner. "If our colleagues are not interested, there will be no conflicts. However, naturally the absence of the predictability in establishing armed forces has never strengthened international security," he said.
On 14 July the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, issued an order terminating Russia's participation in the Treaty and Treaty-linked international agreements.