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Russia will withdraw troops from the Armenian border

Russia will withdraw troops from the Armenian border

Russian troops will withdraw from Armenia's borders, the Kremlin confirmed, marking a significant rift between the two former allies.

Hayk Konjoryan, parliamentary head of Armenia's ruling Civil Contract party, wrote Thursday that "an agreement has been reached" on the withdrawal of Russian border guards from the regions of Tavush, Syunik, Vyats Dzor, Gegharkunik and Ararat, which lie along the border with tense with neighboring Azerbaijan.

The announcement comes a day after Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss "the most important bilateral issues and regional issues".

Asked if the withdrawal of Russian border guards, officially part of the country's FSB security service, was discussed at the meeting, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said "yes," according to state news agency TASS.

Relations between Moscow and the former Soviet republic have marked a historic decline in recent years. The Russian-led CSTO military alliance, of which Armenia is a member, rejected Yerevan's requests to intervene when Azerbaijan launched an offensive against the country in September 2022.

 

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