General Gennady Anashkin appointed commander of the Russian peacekeeping forces in Artsakh

Armenian Defense Minister Arshak Karapetyan received on Saturday lieutenant general Rustam Muradov, lieutenant general Gennady Anashkin and major general Mikhail Kosobokov, press service at the ministry reported.

During the meeting, deputy commander of the Southern Military District of Russia, lieutenant general Rustam Muradov introduced the newly appointed commander of the peacekeeping forces of the Russian Federation in Artsakh, national hero of the Russian Federation, lieutenant general Gennady Anashkin.

Minister Karapetyan congratulated lieutenant general Gennady Anashkin on assuming the new post and wished him success in the implementation of the peacekeeping mission. He also thanked the former commander of the peacekeeping forces, major general Mikhail Kosobokov, for the proper service during his tenure, and wished him success in his future activities.

The parties praised the efforts of the Russian Federation to stabilize the military-political situation in the region and expressed satisfaction with the effectiveness of the Russian peacekeeping mission in Artsakh. They also exchanged views on regional security issues.

With the decree of the President of the Russian Federation on September 5, 2008 Gennady Anashkin was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation for courage and heroism shown in implementation of military service during combat actions on the territory of South Ossetia and Georgia. At that time he was the commander of 104th Guard Air-Assault Regiment.

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