Armenia will need extra aid in case of Azerbaijan-Belarus weapons trading – expert

14:08 • 18.04.18



Should Azerbaijan and Belarus agree on the weapons trading plan, reported earlier by the Russian media, Armenia will need additional assistance to maintain the military parity in the region, a Moscow-based military expert said on Wednesday, commenting on a recent report by the Russian Komersant.


Colonel Igor Korotchenko, Director of the Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade, nevertheless ruled out an essential military misbalance between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
 

“In case the agreement is signed to supply Baku with the rocket artillery [Polonez], and the Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko, expresses his agreement to its deployment in Azerbaijan, that will create an absolutely new reality, as Armenia will need additional assistance to maintain the existing politio-military balance,” he tolfd Armenian reporters during a TV space bridge.


Korotchenko, who is also the editor-in-chief of the publication National Defense, said Russia supports maintenance of peace in case of any scenario. “We support a negotiated settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Any tension can result in new casualties. The defense capacities of [Nagorno-]Karabakh potentially rule out a ‘blitzkrieg’ by Azerbaijan to rapidly ensure its success through military [actions], so losses will be inevitable. And hence everything needs to be considered in its entirety,” he noted.


Korotchenko said they are going to closely follow the developments to prevent any country from feeling ‘almighty’, and thus rule out future steps threatening "not quite desired scenarios".

“As long as there is a [military] parity – as well as balance - between Armenia and Azerbaijan, military actions will be impossible,” he added,

Hripsime Hovhannisyan





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