Russia says it will analyze Armenia’s decision on hosting joint military exercises with United States


YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 11, ARMENPRESS. Russia on Monday said it would analyze why Armenia decided to conduct military exercises with the United States and not the CSTO.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Moscow would maintain dialogue with Yerevan over the issue.

“Taking into consideration how Armenia did not express desire to hold military exercises with CSTO and has now announced desire to hold military exercises with the Americans, these are perhaps decisions that require very deep analysis to understand why specifically Armenia is making such decisions, what goals are being pursued,” Peskov said.

“But in any case, we will do this during close, collegial dialogue with the Armenian side,” he added.

Armenia will host the Eagle Partner 2023 joint Armenian-U.S. military exercise from September 11-20.

"In the framework of preparation for participation in international peacekeeping missions the Armenia-U.S. joint exercise "EAGLE PARTNER 2023" will be held from 11 to 20 September in Armenia, particularly in "Zar" Training Center of the Peacekeeping Brigade and the N Training Center of the Ministry of Defense,” the Ministry of Defense said in a statement last week.

The exercise involves stabilization tasks between conflicting parties during peacekeeping missions.

“The purpose of the exercise is to increase the level of interoperability of the unit participating in international peacekeeping missions within the framework of peacekeeping operations, to exchange best practices in control and tactical communication, as well as to increase the readiness of the Armenian unit for the planned NATO/PfP "Operational Capabilities Concept" evaluation. Within the framework of preparation for peacekeeping missions, units preparing for international peacekeeping operations frequently participate in similar joint exercises and trainings in partner countries,” according to the statement issued by the Defense Ministry.