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Russia’s supply of weapons to Armenia threatens security of region

16 October 2017 [14:09] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Rashid Shirinov

The recent approval of Russia’s credit line worth $100 million for Armenia for the purchase of weapons has caused great concern in the expert circles of both Azerbaijan and other countries. They note that this decision of the Russian side will, for sure, negatively affect the resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

A well-known Azerbaijani political scientist Fikret Sadikhov has also shared his thoughts on the matter.

“Russia’s supply of weapons to Armenia threatens security of the region and further stimulates the growth of tension,” he told Trend on October 15.

The expert noted that by providing Armenia with weapons Russia shows its desire to turn the country into its outpost. Sadikhov also believes that this decision of Russia is contrary to the principles of friendship, good neighborliness and strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and Russia.

It is noteworthy that Russia, along the U.S, and France, is a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, which is working to find a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Sadikhov noted that the main issue for the OSCE Minsk Group-chairing countries should be the liberation of the occupied Azerbaijani territories.

“Armenia for many years keeps under occupation the Azerbaijani lands and Russia is well aware of this. In this case, the neighboring country should intensify steps in this direction as an intermediary,” the expert noted.

He added that Armenia has repeatedly made territorial claims to many countries, and today it already claims to the territories of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia.

By providing Armenia with a loan worth $100 million to purchase arms Russia violates its obligations as co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group and does not comply with the principle of neutrality, which is of utmost importance for a just resolution of the conflict.


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