France will provide military supplies to Armenia in response to heightened tensions with Azerbaijan, announced French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna on Tuesday night.
During a press conference in Yerevan, she announced that France has made a commitment to establish future agreements with Armenia for the provision of military resources, empowering Armenia to protect itself.
The types of equipment that France will provide were not specified by the French minister.
In late September, Azerbaijan achieved success following a swift military attack in Nagorno-Karabakh, leading to the displacement of Armenian residents in the separatist area. Last week, Baku officially disintegrated Nagorno-Karabakh.
France and Armenia have maintained a robust diplomatic relationship, with a significant Armenian community residing in France. In the year 2001, Paris was one of the earliest Western cities to acknowledge the Armenian genocide, twenty years before the United States.
Recently, Paris has been seeking to strengthen defense collaboration with Yerevan as Armenia distances itself from its traditional partner Russia. This shift began after Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated a complete invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
In the last days of September, Colonna declared that France will be sending a military representative to the embassy in Yerevan, Armenia.
During the weekend, Sébastien Lecornu, the French Minister of Armed Forces, stated in an interview that he stays in frequent communication with Souren Papikian, the Armenian Minister of Defense. Lecornu also mentioned that the recently formed defense mission at the French embassy will work closely with the Armenian armed forces and officials to evaluate their requirements, specifically in regards to defense and security.