by David Stepanyan
There is a serious disbalance between the official figures published by Armenia, Azerbaijan and the key weapon supplier to the Karabakh conflict zone Russia, and the true volumes of weapon delivery, Deputy Director of the Caucasus Institute, Sergey Minasyan, told Arminfo correspondent.
"According to the official report of Russian Federation to the UN Register of Conventional Arms for 2013, we have got an impression that Russia exported more military equipment to Armenia than to Azerbaijan. This happened in the conditions of the announced many billion contracts with Baku. However, the analysis of the report gives quite another situation, as only the listing of the number of weapon exported by Russia to Armenia and Azerbaijan does not reflect the true sight of the available military balance between Armenia, Karabakh and Azerbaijan, especially if we take into account the fact that Russia's report is demonstration of kind will but not a judicially obligatory act", - he said.
He also emphasized that Baku has been striving to seriously activate the military and technical relations with Russia for the last years. So, if in 2007=2011 the share of Russia in the military and technical import of Azerbaijan was 55%, of Ukraine - 34% and Belarus - 5%; in 2011-2014 the share of Russia grew even more. However, parallel to this, Moscow goes on delivering the compensating number of armament to Armenia with a purpose, not to let displacement of the military and technical balance in the Karabakh conflict zone. And when Russia started implementing the contracts with Azerbaijan on delivery of the new lots of weapon, it has also started the delivery of certain types of weapon to Armenia too.
According to the official report of Russia to UN Register of Conventional Arms for 2013, Russia delivered to Azerbaijan 10 tanks ’-90‘, 10 Infantry Combat Vehicles-3, 25 helicopters, and 438 artillery systems. As for Armenia, in 2013 Russia delivered to Armenia 35 tanks ’-72ЃЊ, 110 Infantry combat Vehicles -2, Armoured Vehicles -80, as well as 50 ballistic missile launches and 200 ballistic missiles.