On Wednesday, Russian Defense Minister General Sergey Shoigu and his Armenian counterpart Vigen Sargsyan signed an agreement for creating the United Group of Troops. Earlier, on November 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the idea of striking a deal with Armenia and ordered a draft agreement be sealed for the creation of the United Group of Troops in the collective security region in the Caucasus. Sargsyan also affirmed that the United Group of Troops would comprise the 102nd Russian military base deployed in Armenia and Armenian army units.The Russian and Armenian Defense Ministers also signed a cooperation plan for 2017. Shoigu added that Russian Federation is ready to expand ties with Armenia in the sphere of military education.
Russia and Azerbaijan intend to expand military cooperation, said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu. He made the remarks during a meeting with Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov in Moscow Nov. 30 on the sidelines of the meeting of the CIS Ministerial Council, APA’s Moscow correspondent reported. Shoigu noted that the Defense Ministries of Azerbaijan and Russia also plan to enhance cooperation in the training of Azerbaijani servicemen in Russia’s military educational institutions.
Russian Emergencies Ministry’s press service announced that Russia will soon deploy mobile hospitals to Aleppo region to provide treatment to residents. According to Ministry’s press service, Under the instructions issued by the Russian President, the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s airmobile hospital and doctors will fly to Syria in the morning on November 30. The hospital will be deployed near of Aleppo to provide highly-qualified, high-tech medical assistance to residents of that Syrian city hit by artillery bombardments by terrorist groups’ gunmen. Among those who need emergency medical assistance are children, women and senior citizens who cannot get it to the full extent in Aleppo whose infrastructure has been destroyed and hospitals damaged. The Ministry also confirmed that Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu issued an order to swiftly send a special task medical team and a field hospital to Aleppo. It comes as the Russian military announced a breakthrough in Syria’s operation to retake the militant-held part of Aleppo. Tens of thousands of civilians, who were previously kept by armed groups as human shields, are now in the government-controlled part of the city and require supplies and medical attention.
Russian and Uzbek Defense Ministers, Sergei Shoigu and Kabul Berdiyev, have signed an agreement on the development of military-technical cooperation and the plan of bilateral cooperation between the two countries’ Defense Ministries for 2017. Shoigu affirmed that the signing of this document will make it possible for Russian Federation to tackle the issues of equipping Uzbek Armed Forces without delay and boosting their combat capability. According to Russian Defence Minister, this concerns, first and foremost, joint steps to ensure the two countries’ military security enhance the armed forces’ combat potential, train military personnel and develop military-technical cooperation. The Minister added that the program of modernization and re-equipment of Uzbekistan’s armed forces with modern Russian weapons until 2020 is being implemented.