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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Military in Caucasus

MOSCOW -- Russia has no intention of reducing its military presence in the Caucasus, news agencies quoted Russian Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev as saying Tuesday in Yerevan, Armenia.

He was speaking to journalists after talks with Armenian President Robert Kocharyan, who according to Sergeyev, "totally approves" Russia's military presence in Armenia.

He said the talks covered future military cooperation between the two countries, including joint exercises and the training of Armenian officers by Russia.

Sergeyev said he had mixed feelings about Armenia's participation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Partnership for Peace program.

Armenian Prime Minister Armen Darbinyan was quoted as saying that cooperation between Yerevan and Moscow was very successful, particularly regarding Russian arms supplies, which have totaled at least $1 billion since 1994.