The ongoing buildup of the 102nd Russian military base in Gyumri, Armenia, is a guarantor of proper response to aggression no matter who undertakes that aggression, says Igor Korotchenko, the head of the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade.
To note, under the relevant Armenian-Russian agreement, which has been prolonged for 25 years, Yerevan collects no rent for the dislocation of the military base facilities. The base pays for the utilities only.
"Generally speaking, the process of strengthening Russia's strategic ally Armenia is aimed at resisting the regional threats. This will raise the confidence in guaranteed security in the region. The stability in the Caucasus is ensured due to these steps of Moscow," the military expert says.
Korotchenko thinks that the buildup of the 102nd Russian military base implies no specific threats from Turkey. He is convinced that the buildup is "mutually beneficial and meets the interests of both Russia and Armenia," he says.
To note, in 2015 the Erebuni air base, which is a component of the 102nd Russian military base in Armenia, received two batches of Mi-24P and Mi-8MT helicopters. In 2016, the base will receive MiG-29 fighters. In 2015, the 102nd military base received Takhion drones, Auriga-1,2V systems and other equipment.