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RA NA Deputy Speaker Eduard Sharmazanov Meets with National Defence Minister of Hellenic Republic in Athens

24.05.2016

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On May 22, the Deputy Speaker of the RA National Assembly Eduard Sharmazanov being on a working in Athens had a meeting with the National Defence Minister of Greece Panos Kammenos.

The sides expressed satisfaction about the current high level of bilateral military-political cooperation. The RA NA Deputy Speaker has positively assessed the fact that the officers of the RA Armed Forces are given opportunity to get trained in the Hellenic Republic.

Eduard Sharmazanov has noted that the issues regarding the security for both Armenia and Greece are considered prior. He has underlined that Turkey is a real threat for the region. “Turkey does not only deny the Armenian Genocide, but it illegally keeps under blockade Armenia for 23 years and has forcibly occupied one third of Cyprus,” the RA NA Deputy Speaker noted.

Eduard Sharmazanov condemned the aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan against Nagorno Karabakh Republic and added that Turkey was the only country that during those days was openly supporting Azerbaijan. The RA NA Deputy Speaker informed the Greek Minister about the Azerbaijani barbarities towards the Armenian soldiers, as well as the peaceful population, which to his conviction were committed in the style of ISIS.

“The tortures of the civilians by Azerbaijan are considered as bad manifestation of military crime,” Eduard Sharmazanov stated.

Mr Kammenos in his turn highlighted the strengthening and rapprochement of the Armenian-Greek relations. He expressed gratitude to the RA National Assembly for the statement unanimously adopted on March 24 of the previous year condemning the Greek Genocide in Ottoman Turkey.

The National Defence Minister of Greece has stressed that the Nagorno Karabakh conflict should be settled exclusively through peaceful means. He considered inadmissible any attempt of the military solution of the problem.

At the end of the meeting Eduard Sharmazanov handed Panos Kammenos the RA NA Speaker's Memorial Medal for his significant contribution to the strengthening and developing of the Armenian-Greek bilateral ties.

On the same day Eduard Sharmazanov and Panos Kammenos visited Syntagma Square and laid a wreath at the Unknown Soldier’s Monument.
 

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