NATO to help Armenia dispose of outdated military equipment

NATO to help Armenia dispose of outdated military equipment

YEREVAN, December 6. /ARKA/. The Armenian parliament ratified today an  agreement  on the promotion of cooperation between Armenia and NATO’s Support and Procurement Organization.  First deputy defense minister  Artak Zakaryan said the agreement had been signed in 2015 June in Luxembourg, but its implementation had been delayed due to lack of financial resources. 

He said  Germany has now expressed its readiness to provide 1.5 million euros for the dismantling and disposal of outdated military equipment

"We have a lot of military equipment that must be reduced or disposed of as it can not be used, but we could  not take appropriate steps because of the lack of financial and  technical means," Zakaryan said.

He said as part of the agreement the Armenian side will dismantle and dispose of 140 units of military hardware, as well as 21 units of armored combat hardware  since Armenia exceeds this threshold as provided for under the Conventional Arms Agreement in Europe. In addition, according to him, this will give Armenia the right to purchase new military hardware  in the future.

He said the outdated military hardware will sold as scrap metal  and the proceeds, about 100,000 euros, will be provided for the implementation of a demining program in border regions. -0-


18:00 06.12.2017





 

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