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The issue of air defense and Armenia's security

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A few days ago, on October 5, the National Assembly ratified the agreement on creation of the Armenian-Russian joint anti-aircraft defense (AER) system with 87 votes in favor and 7 against. It was signed a year ago and was ratified by the Russian parliament in July this year. The ratification by Armenia means that the Armenian-Russian agreement enters into force and enables the relevant ministries, to begin its implementation.

There was lots of controversy around the decision, and many viewed it as a threat to the security of the Republic of Armenia, noting that we are handing over the entire system of our country's air defense to the jurisdiction of Russia. The authorities were also blamed for the fact that under this agreement, the Republic of Armenia refuses of some of its sovereignty and similar things. 

In the light of such comments, it is important to understand what is actually happening. By the way, the supporters of the loss of sovereignty emphasized the fact that it was unprecedented and directly influenced by the sovereignty of our state.

It is important to emphasize that firstly, the commander of the joint air defense system in the territory of Armenia is appointed by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of our state, currently by the President and also exempted from his order. 

In peaceful conditions, the contingent is subordinate to the Chief of the Armed Forces and during war it is determined jointly by the RA and RF Supreme Commander-in-Chief. Thus, the main mission of the given subdivision will be the defense of the air borders of the Republic of Armenia, which is of strategic importance to any state and, especially to Armenia, having no major air defense forces, its main emphasis on anti-aircraft defense system, therefore, Similar coordination of forces contributes to the deepening of Armenia's airspace.This agreement allows one system and one command, and in this case, to control the Armenian Armed Forces, all anti-aircraft systems operating in our country, including air defense systems in the Russian base. Moreover, such an agreement allows, if necessary, to incorporate the Russian anti-aircraft missiles in the North Caucasus, as well as to track and track different flying objects and report to the Joint Command.

It is important to emphasize that such systems have been operating in a number of NATO member countries in Europe for a long time to create anti-aircraft defense capabilities with the United States, using anti-aircraft defense bases in the United States. In other words, we can assert that in this case the rumors that it may affect the sovereignty of a given state is just political speculation. The experience of creating similar systems shows that it can be quite effective and enhance Armenia's air defense, which is of strategic importance to raising the overall defense level.

Armen Manvelyan, Candidate of Historical Sciences


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