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Many Armenian officers want to leave country and serve in other countries: military expert

28 August 2009 [16:47] - TODAY.AZ
“Certainly, both Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan and Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan are very much concerned about state of Armenian armed forces,” Azerbaijani military expert Uzeyir Jafarov said commenting on Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s statement about rise in army’s military efficiency and constant improvements in Armenian armed forces.
During a working meeting in the Defense Ministry, Armenian president said “Armenia’s political leadership has a confident and dignified position in the negotiating process, as such opportunities are provided by country's army, established structure of Armenia”, PanARMENIAN.Net reported.

“By such statements Armenian officials try to calm  down their personnel. It's no secret that Serzh Sargsyan took up his current post due to his “merits” during the Karabakh events. All his actions and statements serve to emphasize once again that he is doing everything necessary to ensure that everything will be seen in the best way both in Armenia and Armenia-controlled Nagorno-Karabakh,” Jafarov said.

“Serzh Sargsyan wished to emphasize by his statement that they allegedly have such a strong army. Sargsyan just wanted to give importance to his army, but it is no secret that Armenian army has many shortcomings,” he added.  

“Too many points about the army bother Sargsyan. There is reliable information that many officers simply want to leave Armenia and serve in other countries, specifically in Russia, Belarus and Baltic States,” he said.

“This is not without reason that Sargsyan, as commander in chief, met with his former associates, he was also defense minister and conveyed them some of his ideas,” the expert said.  

“While Armenia does not advertise disadvantages and problems of its armed forces, but they are very serious. First, they include social problem, and secondly, they are problems of material security. Also there is a serious problem in relationship between the indigenous people and those of the Armenians of Karabakh. The problem has existed long time, but now it has deteriorated, because political and military leadership of Armenia today mainly consists of those people who came in the wake of the Karabakh events and idigenous inhabitants of Yerevan does not really like it,” Jafarov said.

“Sargsyan’s statement is intended solely for internal audience. I do not think that anybody outside the country will accept this statement seriously. Nothing depends on it. Armenia is a dependent country, which depends on Russia to a great degree. And if some time in future Moscow orders Armenia to free Azerbaijan’s occupied lands, no doubt, Armenia will do it in a short period of time,” he said.

/Day.Az/
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