Armenian, US troops to exercise together next week in sign of frustration with Russia

Source: Reuters

“Armenia said on Wednesday it would host a joint army exercise with the United States next week, at a time of rising military tension with neighbouring Azerbaijan and open friction in its relationship with Russia. The Armenian Defence Ministry said the purpose of the Sept. 11-20 “Eagle Partner 2023″ exercise was to prepare its forces to take part in international peacekeeping missions. A U.S. military spokesperson said 85 U.S. soldiers and 175 Armenians would take part. He said the Americans — including members of the Kansas National Guard, which has a 20-year-old training partnership with Armenia — would be armed with rifles and would not be using heavy weaponry.” (09/06/23)