Armenia undaunted by Russian arms sales to Azerbaijan

Armenia does not see a risk of the current balance of forces in the Karabakh conflict zone being disturbed because of the latest arms supplies of Russia to Azerbaijan.

Talking to media on Monday, Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan also responded to the recent reports about fresh Russian deliveries of modern tanks and other weaponry to Baku.

“We, of course, understand that as our strategic partner Russia primarily pays attention to our military and technical problems. But at the same time it has the right to implement its own policy,” the Armenian minister commented.

Asked if the Russian arms supplies to Azerbaijan disturb the military balance, Ohanyan said: “Our military and technical cooperation is at a higher level, and it does not disturb the balance first of all on the Line of Contact and on our borders.”

Asked about the latest border tensions and intensified ceasefire violations, the minister said that one has to realize that tensions will be there “as long as we deal with the enemy”. But he stressed that Azerbaijan has no military advantage and that the Armenian side keeps the situation under control.

At least two Armenian servicemen have been killed and one wounded along the Line of Contact in southern Karabakh during the past week. Among those killed was also Lieutenant-Colonel Garik Balayan. He was fatally wounded by an Azerbaijani sniper on Sunday, the Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Ministry said.

In the meantime, the Karabakh military reported a successful repulsion of an Azeri reconnaissance-sabotage group. It said at least three Azeri commandos were wounded.