Czechia to establish further military cooperation with Armenia

The Czech Minister of Defense Lubomír Metnar met with his Armenian counterpart David Tonoyan in Yerevan, Armenia to sign a military cooperation agreement.

The Czech Ministry of Defense specified the conditions of the expansion of military cooperation with Armenia. Both sides want to build on an already established exchange of experience of military police officers with training and the education of soldiers and police officers. Minister Metnar also offered Armenian military doctors the opportunity to study in the Czech Republic.

The Ministers discussed the Czech Republic´s economic cooperation with Armenia as well. "Trade exchange has increased by 300 percent over the past three years," said Metnar. The newly signed agreement on military-technical cooperation could mean an impulse to even further growth in trading. The Armenian Minister Tonoyan sees potential primarily in the field of sharing experience with the modernization of post-Soviet technology and also in the IT area. Czechs could potentially participate in the modernization of Armenian ground equipment and radars.

At a press conference after the meeting of the Ministers, Metnar assured that the Czech Republic is complying with international treaties and does not allow arms sales to Azerbaijan. He said so concerning last year´s incident when Czech guns appeared on a promotional video of the Azerbaijani army. An investigation of the incident proved that the weapons were sold to Azerbaijan through Slovakia and Israel, not through the Czech Republic.

Metnar also met with the Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan who thanked the Czech Republic for its balanced position on the protracted Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian-populated Azerbaijani enclave. Both, the Czech Republic and Armenia agreed that the conflict has to be resolved peacefully.

Apart from the signing of the agreement and meeting the Armenian PM, Minister Metnar also paid a visit to the Yerevan´s Institute of Computer Development and Research since Armenia is strongly focused on the development of information and communication technologies.

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