Eduard Nalbandyan: Armenia is to continue close military-technical cooperation with Russia

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Head of Ministry of International Affairs of Armenian Republic, Mr. Naibandyan stated that his country will continue close cooperation with Russia in military and military-technical field.

A few days earlier, the spokesperson of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Maria Zakharova, commenting the reports around protest note of Baku regarding weapons supply to Armenia, stated that any kinds of weapon supplies provided by Russia to Armenian or Azerbaijan side are implemented with a thorough consideration for necessity of power balance maintenance in the region.   

“For the last years Azerbaijan has increased its military expenses in number of times. We have strategic allied relations with Russia including very close military and military-technical cooperation. It is not a secret that we buy weapons primarily from our strategic ally and we plan to continue our most close cooperation with Russia in military field” – Mr. Naibandyan said to “Kommersant” magazine commenting words of Mrs. Zakharova.

As Minister marked, Russia as one of the biggest weapons manufacturer has natural right to sell it to different countries. At the same time, Armenia, as he says “cannot be satisfied” with Azerbaijan buying weapons and allegedly threatens to unleash new war.    

“We cannot feel positive knowing that this weapon comes from our ally who makes a lot of efforts to interact with Armenia also with the framework of Collective Security Treaty Organization.” – Nalbandyan said.

The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted due to Nagorno-Karabakh dispute in 1988 when Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region, inhabited predominantly with Armenians, declared its independence from Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. After military actions in 1992-1994 Azerbaijan lost control over Karabakh and 7 neighboring regions. Nagorno-Karabakh declared independence.        

Peaceful talks around this conflict are being held within the framework of Minsk group of OSCE since 1992. Azerbaijan insists on its territorial integrity while Armenia supports the interests of breakaway region as Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is not recognized as part in these talks.

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