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Nikol Pashinyan, Bako Sahakyan discuss ways of consistently raising Defense Army’s fighting capacity


Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had a face-to-face meeting with Artsakh President Bako Sahakyan in Stepanakert, after which a meeting in a larger format was held. During the private interview, the interlocutors addressed a wide range of issues related to the cooperation between the two Armenian states.

Nikol Pashinyan and Bako Sahakyan highlighted the strengthening of intra-Armenian ties, including through closer and multifaceted cooperation between Armenia and Artsakh. The Defense Army’s fighting capacity, the military cooperation between Armenia and Artsakh, the situation at the Line of Contact, the internal and external policies of the two Armenian states and other issues of topical concern were discussed during the extended meeting.

Note that on November 4, Nikol Pashinyan and Bako Sahakyan visited several sections of Artsakh’s eastern borders to inspect the situation on the borderline.

“We can witness that ceasefire violations are minimal and not targeted; as a matter of fact, I can state that the agreements are being respected, but not completely. Anyway, we should be prepared for any adverse development. There are problems that seem to have been addressed already, but we should ask the soldiers whether they are solved or not. If we fail to discuss issues openly, we will have face problems in finding appropriate solutions,” Nikol Pashinyan said.

The Acting Prime Minister of Armenia and the President of Artsakh met with the military. They listened to commanders and regular staff to learn of their concerns. Nikol Pashinyan assured that everything will be done to ensure comfortable service conditions for soldiers above all.

“We are actively discussing nutrition-related issues and do hope that the proposed mechanisms will be implemented as part of a pilot program in order to understand their effectiveness. It is clear that the current system does not satisfy anyone: neither the commanders, nor the soldiers and their parents. In addition, the command staff’s involvement in the resolution of daily problems indirectly prevents them from addressing solely issues of military concern, and we must ensure that the army staff only deals with military affairs,” Nikol Pashinyan emphasized.

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