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Yerevan Assures Tbilisi no Russian Attacks from Armenia

Asbarez Reports that Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian assured a senior Georgian diplomat on Tuesday that Russia did not and will not use Armenian territory for its ongoing military operations in Georgia.

Armenia maintains close defense links with Russia and hosts a Russian military base numbering several thousand soldiers and a dozen MiG-29 fighter jets.

The Defense Ministry in Yerevan flatly denied late last week Azerbaijani and Georgian media claims that some of the Russian warplanes involved in bomb raids on Georgia flew in from Armenian military airfields. A ministry spokesman rejected the allegations as an Azerbaijani “provocation” designed to damage Georgian-Armenian relations. He argued that the Russian military is not using MiG-29s in the air strikes.

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