Sargsyan warns Azerbaijan: War against Karabakh, Armenia will be “no flashmob”

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has warned Azerbaijan against going to war against Nagorno-Karabakh in the wake of a major incident in the conflict zone that involved the shooting down of an Armenian military helicopter by Azeri forces.

On the second day of his working visit to Nagorno-Karabakh, the supreme commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Armenia attended the closing of joint military drills of the Armenian and Karabakh military codenamed Unity-2014. Tens of thousands of troops and a large amount of military hardware had been engaged in the war games watched by the Armenian and Karabakh political and military leadership.

Addressing the officers of both armies, President Sargsyan stressed that there will be “redemption day” for Azerbaijan that he said is “capable of destroying a helicopter that had found itself in a difficult situation and did not pose any threat”.

The Mi-24 helicopter that was on a training flight near the frontline as part of the military exercises was shot down by Azeri troops on November 12. Three members of the helicopter crew are presumed dead.

In his speech the Armenian president also praised the military for their good service, saying that their professionalism has made “many naïve people in Azerbaijan to change their opinion about war.”

“They thought that fighting against Karabakh, Armenia is a short and pleasant occupation, something like a flashmob when you gather, do something, take pictures and go away. There will be no flashmob, no pleasure and no walk in the park. I am sure that there will be no war as long as there are you, as long as you are strong, as long as you stand here,” Sargsyan told the army officers.