MOSCOW, February 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and Armenia are to establish joint defense enterprises under the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the post-Soviet security body's head Nikolai Bordyuzha said on Friday, following a visit to Yerevan in late January.
“The key purpose of my trip there, with a big delegation of Russian arms-industry sector bosses, was to work out measures to integrate Armenia’s military-industrial enterprises with similar activities in Russia,” Bordyuzha said.
“These include establishment of armament repair service centers, joint armor enterprises and air-asset repair enterprises,” he said. “Some eight or nine military-industrial joint ventures are to be created,” Bordyuzha added.
The CSTO's current members are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. In December 2012, Uzbekistan officially suspended its CSTO membership.