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NKR Defense Army Commander: Baku blackmailing OSCE Minsk Group

  • by Ashot Safaryan

  • Wednesday, August 20, 17:33

Azerbaijan's latest sabotage attacks on the Line of Contact once again showed how furiously Baku seeks to seize the NKR and take control of its entire territory, NKR Defense Army Commander Movses Hakobyan told reporters, Wednesday. He recalled the truce achieved 20 years ago at the request of Azerbaijan that applied to Russia for mediation. 

"Azerbaijan seeks to seize Karabakh and keeps blackmailing the OSCE Minsk Group. Baku makes absurd territorial claims demanding Zangezour and Yerevan," he said. Movses Hakobyan emphasized that Azerbaijan declines any possible peaceful solutions to the conflict proposed by the OSCE Minsk Group, the tripartite mediating body in the NK conflict.

According to him, Azerbaijan overestimates the capabilities of its Armed Forces. Although they have invested significant amount of oil dollars in the armed forces in the last years, they will not achieve their cherished goals. At least, look at the grave consequences of Azerbaijan's sabotage attempts of the last weeks, he said.

 "I'd like to recall that in 1992 the ratio of the Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces was one to twenty.  

At present, the ratio is one to two in favor of the enemy. However, the NKR Defense Army is being constantly modernized and upgraded. We conducted specialized military exercises. The military equipment for the rear has been replenished and the catering quality has been improved," Hakobyan said.  
As for resumption of full-scale hostilities, Movses Hakobyan said: "We expect war every day. And the goal of our army is to stand ready for it." 

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