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/PanARMENIAN.Net/ September 6 Latvia and Armenia concluded a treaty on military cooperation. The document was signed in Riga by Defense Ministers Einars Repse and Serge Sargsyan. To remind, Latvia has expressed readiness to contribute to the Armenian defense sector including exchange of experience in peacekeeping operations and to assist in military training. Upon completion of the signing ceremony the Armenian Defense Minister commented on Armenia’s plans as regards NATO. “We consider that the cooperation with NATO is a constituent of the national security. However joining NATO is not on our foreign line agenda”, he noted. As for the agreement signed Serge Sargsyan said, “The experience of bringing the Armed Forces to the NATO standards is interesting for us. Without aiming to join the Alliance we take part in the joint measures and think that our Armed Forces will benefit from it. During the secret negotiations Serge Sargsyan familiarized his Latvian counterpart in the process of defense reform in Armenia noting that over insufficient financing Armenian defense cannot reach the EU and NATO standards, however Armenia will strive for it in future. In his words, Armenia intends to fully reorganize its Armed Forces till 2015 that is why the republic is particularly interested in cooperation with Latvia, a country with similar experience. The Armenian Minister also showed interest in Latvia’s experience in international operations and civic defense and invited his counterpart to Armenia, reported by IA Regnum.

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