(ARKA) Armenia – a former Soviet republic – is actively and effectively cooperating with NATO, the deputy director of the Yerevan-based Caucasus Institute Sergey Minasyan said today.
"If we ignore the Georgia’s factor, Armenia has the largest peacekeeping contingent, participating in NATO operations in Afghanistan," he said during a discussion at the Armenian Institute for International and Security Affairs titled "West-Russia: Confrontation until When?"
Armenia has been participating in NATO peacekeeping missions in Afghanistan since 2010. The 56-member Armenian contingent carries out its mission as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
"The 20 year-long cooperation with NATO has led to several important results. The first is the creation of the peacekeeping brigade, which is unprecedented for the country, which is a Russian ally in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The second important outcome is the creation of an effective combination of civil and military systems, which is important in the context of creating a generation of security and defense specialists," Minasyan added. […]
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