ARMENIA SILENT ON TRANSFER OF RUSSIAN ARMS TO ITS TERRITORY

Pan Armenian News
02.06.2005 03:31

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ None of Armenian officials confirms or refutes
reports the first echelon with Russian arms arrived in Armenia from
Batumi yesterday. The only person, who commented on it was Armenian
FM V. Oskanian, who did "not rule out the opportunity of transfer
of part of Russian military bases from Georgia to Armenia in the
future." "There are no discussions or talks over the issue at the
moment. But if such a decision is taken, it will be a prerogative
of Russia and Armenia," Oskanian said last Wednesday, RFE/RL
reported. It should be noted that yesterday Russian media referring
to representatives of the military contingent in Transcaucasia spread
reports that a rail echelon with military equipment and arms is sent to
Armenia from Batumi. Meanwhile, today Azeri Ambassador to Georgia Ramiz
Hasanov said the withdrawal of the Russian equipment and ammunition
from the Russian base in Batumi to Armenia has not started yet.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress