YEREVAN. – Armenia’s Minister of Defense Davit Tonoyan on Tuesday received US Ambassador Lynne Tracy, newly appointed Deputy Head of Mission at the US Embassy Christopher Smith, and newly appointed military attaché, Colonel Scott Maxwell, Zhamanak (Time) newspaper reported.
“Matters related to Armenian-American bilateral military collaboration were discussed during the meeting. (...) The topic of Armenian-American bilateral military collaboration is being discussed at an interesting time. The matter concerns [Armenian] Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s upcoming visit to the US, which is expected in late September—on the occasion of the meeting of UN General Assembly.
“The Foreign Minister of Armenia has stated that there will be a meeting between the Prime Minister of Armenia and the US President, toward which diplomatic work is being conducted. (...) the Armenian side is working on the Armenian-American agenda of Pashinyan’s visit to the US, and the meeting of Armenia’s Minister of Defense with the factually significant delegation of the US Embassy is noteworthy in that context.
“Especially since, in particular, the topic of Armenian-American military collaboration has appeared on a new plane (...) after the velvet revolution [in Armenia last year].
“(…) this Armenian-American dialogue can be observed in a quite noteworthy way in the context of the growing Russian-Turkish technico-military collaboration, which causes the discontent for Washington; this, at a time when the Turkish side is already talking about the right to [have] nuclear weapons (…),” Zhamanak wrote.