Armenia and Russia Pursue Joint Military Forces

The Russo-Armenian agreement on establishing a joint military unit, which will include troops of the 102nd Russian military base stationed near Yerevan as well as the 4th Corps of the Armenian Army, predictably caused anxiety in Azerbaijan and Georgia. While a potential deterioration of relations with Georgia would undermine Armenia’s national interests, the government in Yerevan appears willing to make this sacrifice in the name of regime reproduction and survival. (PDF) Armen Grigoryan

Belarus: Situation In the Field of National Security and Defense as of October 2016

At the CSTO summit in Yerevan, Belarus took the chairmanship in this organisation; the CSTO Collective Security Strategy till 2025 was adopted. During his visit to Poland, Vladimir Makey said that Belarus did not consider the extension of NATO presence in the Baltic states and Poland as a direct threat. In Washington, a joint statement on cooperation between the Ministries of Defense of Belarus and the United States was signed, as well as the bilateral military cooperation plan for 2017. (PDF) Andrei Porotnikov

Положение в области национальной безопасности и обороны Беларуси: октябрь 2016 г.

В ходе Ереванского саммита ОДКБ председательство перешло к Беларуси; принята Стратегия коллективной безопасности ОДКБ до 2025 г. Во время визита в Польшу В.Макей заявил, что Беларусь не рассматривает расширение присутствия НАТО в странах Балтии и Польше как непосредственную угрозу. В Вашингтоне подписано Совместное заявление о сотрудничестве между Министерствами обороны Беларуси и США, а также План двустороннего военного сотрудничества на 2017 г. (PDF) Андрей Поротников

Belarus: Situation In the Field of National Security and Defense as of August 2016

The Belarusian army received the first part of heavy multiple rocket launcher systems “Polonaise”, as well as three-axis radar early-warning station “Enemy”. Command-staff exercises of the Collective operating response forces of the CSTO “Interaction -2016” were held in Pskov region of Russia; trainings with the peacekeeping forces of the CSTO “Indestructible Brotherhood-2016” were held in Belarus. (PDF) Andrei Porotnikov

Положение в области национальной безопасности и обороны Беларуси: декабрь 2015 г.

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Саммит ОДКБ продемонстрировал отсутствие поддержки российской военной кампании в Сирии; власти Беларуси озабочены участием её граждан в конфликтах за рубежом; Министр иностранных дел Беларуси В.Макей встретился с заместителем Генсека НАТО А.Вершбоу; состоялась встреча рабочей группы Беларусь-США по вопросам демократии и прав человека; под председательством А.Лукашенко прошло совещание по вопросам безопасности. (PDF) Андрей Поротников, руководитель аналитического проекта Belarus Security Blog.

Russia Seeks Further Expansion of Military and Political Influence in Armenia

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Vladimir Putin ordered the government of Russia to start negotiations with Armenia on establishing a joint regional air defense system in the Caucasus region of collective security. It’s goal would be containment of NATO — including Turkey and the Alliance’s aspirant Georgia. (PDF) Armen Grigoryan