Armenia Receives 10 New Fighter Jets From Russia

ARMENIA RECEIVES 10 NEW FIGHTER JETS FROM RUSSIA

Associated Press Worldstream
September 26, 2005 Monday 10:16 AM Eastern Time

Armenia has received 10 new Russian-made fighter jets, the deputy
defense minister said Monday.

The jets are Sukhoi Su-27s, Defense Ministry spokesman Seiran
Shakhsuvarzian said. Officials, including Armenian Deputy Defense
Minister Artur Agabekian, did not provide further details on the deal.

While many other ex-Soviet republics are looking increasingly toward
closer integration with the West, Armenia has remained loyal to
Russia. It hosts a Russian military base, which has become even
more important for Moscow after neighboring Georgia pushed for the
withdrawal of Russian troops.

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