Armenia and the United States initiated a joint military training termed “Eagle Partner” amidst rising tensions between Armenia and its neighboring country, Azerbaijan. Taking place near Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, this 10-day exercise involves 85 U.S. and 175 Armenian soldiers, aiming to prepare Armenian forces for international peacekeeping roles. Despite its limited scale, the exercise has raised concerns in Russia, which has an established military base in Armenia.
- The “Eagle Partner” exercise is a collaborative military training between the U.S. and Armenia, set to run for 10 days.
- With 260 participants combined, the primary goal is to ready Armenian forces for international peacekeeping duties.
- The training sessions are conducted at two sites near the Armenian capital, Yerevan.
- The Armenian defense ministry emphasizes the exercise’s objective: to enhance the interoperability of units in international peacekeeping missions and to share best practices.
- Russia, which views itself as the main security provider in the region and has a military presence in Armenia, has expressed discomfort with the exercise.