Author`s name Dmitry Sudakov

Russia and Armenia build joint air defense system

The Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to sign an agreement between Russia and Armenia. Such a step should lead to the creation of a unite regional system of an anti-aircraft defence in the Caucasus region. The Russian Ministry of Defence along with the Foreign Ministry should carry out talks with the Armenian party and sign the corresponding document.

Artur Atayev, Head of Sector of Caucasian Studies at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies:

'Promulgation of this decision has been prepared since May 2014. It's the first. Second, it's aggravation of the situation in the Middle East. The Middle East is so unpredictable, that a single system of anti-aircraft defence (Caucasian, East-European, or Central Asian) is simply indispensable. And the third, I' d like to emphasize that it's a continuing process of the missile defence systems deployment in the Eastern Europe by the NATO countries.'

How can this order influence the relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan? And how will the creation of a new system affect the state of Nagorno-Karabakh?

Artur Atayev, Head of Sector of Caucasian Studies at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies:

'The factor of Jihadism and jihadi threat in the context of such organizations as Jabhat al-Nusra andthe IS extemist group will give insight into the existence of a stronger common enemy.'

Which extra positive aspects can be discerned in the initiative of the Russian government? And what does the new agreement bode?

Gourgen Khazhakian, honoured journalist of Armenia, military expert:

'Today, Armenia is several hundreds kilometres away from the combat operations in Syria, where the IS is based. If the information on the Russian airplane having been eliminated as a result of a terror act is confirmed, it will surely be of current importance.

Azerbaijan has claimed several times that it will down all the civil planes flying from Stepanakert.

Existance of such a joint anti-aircraft defencesystem will constrain such actions against Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh as well.

The broadest context is a Turkish factor. Anti-Armenian hysteria in Turkey is equal to that in Azerbaijan today.'