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Moscow is seriously concerned with official Baku's statements that the anti-aircraft defense forces of Azerbaijan have received an order to shoot down the civil aircrafts "illegally entering its air space", the Russia-based Nezavisimaya Gazeta (Independent Newspaper) says when summing up the results of Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu's visit to Armenia.
Referring to its own sources in the Russian Defense Ministry, the newspaper says that the representatives of the Russian delegation insistently recommended the Armenian authorities at an unofficial level not to start the flights of civil aircrafts over the territory of Karabakh. The talks focused on discussion of the details of the draft agreement on military and technical cooperation between Russia and Armenia, which is to be signed by the two countries' heads in the near future.
Expressing the positions of the Russian experts, the newspaper says that Baku's behavior may lead to resumption of armed hostilities in the NKR. The source says that Baku received this opportunity after it had refused a contract with Iran and bought two battalions of Favorite missile systems from Moscow in 2010. The source adds that these systems have no analogues by many parameters and are capable to control the sky over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The newspaper also points out that after the collapse of the scandalous negotiations between Baku and Moscow concerning the prolongation of the lease of the Gabala radar station, the incumbent President of Russia Vladimir Putin cancelled the decision to sell the third battalion of Favorite missile systems to Azerbaijan. "The sale of the up-to-date Favorite systems to Azerbaijan instead of Iran is a political misconception, to be more precise, a geopolitical mistake of Dmitry Medvedev. Now it is very hard to correct the old arrangements, including the arrangements with Azerbaijan, which is
increasing its military budget and taking measures running counter to the interests of Russia and its allies", said Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems.