MOSCOW — Armenia and Russia are preparing a document that will guarantee the more transparent work of biological laboratories in Armenia in terms of guaranteeing the absence of any threats and risks, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said in a live press briefing in response to a question from Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

“We are completing with Armenia the drafting of a document which will guarantee the absence of foreign military personnel there [in Armenia,]” Lavrov told the newspapert. “It will guarantee transparency in terms of threats and risks.”

He said that a similar deal is also planned with Kazakhstan, another member of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed in October that Washington seems to be running a clandestine biological weapons lab in Georgia. It said the lab poses a security threat to Russia.

It was reported around that time that Yerevan has allowed Russian officials to inspect similar U.S.-funded facilities in Armenia. The Russians voiced no concerns after those inspections.

Armenia hosts an estimated 4,000 Russian troops as part of its close military ties with Russia. The current Armenian government, which took office in May, has pledged to maintain that alliance. But it has so far has announced no plans to sign the kind of a deal with Moscow that was cited by Lavrov.

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  1. Please, please! do not sign any agreement that would jeopardize and tie Armenia’s hands from achieving technological advancements regarding our country’s defense of the homeland! we shouldn’t care who and what other country or countries such as Kazakhstan have agreed to sign this so-called transparency agreement put forward by Russia! Kazakhstan is not Armenia and their needs are not like ours. They (Russians) should be worried about their own country’s transparency. It’s easy for them to come up with all these one-sided documents being one of the superpowers that they are. We shouldn’t be put in this type of cleverly devised and drawn up documents whereby effectively stripping ourselves from all means to carry on and go forward in achieving any technological advancements without any outside uninvited interference, supervision or inspections in our laboratories, institutions and in our country’s affairs in general. In the end, it’s our existence that is at stake, not their’s!!!!!

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