Serzh Sargsyan talks about Russian Arms Sales To Azerbaijan

Serzh Sargsyan is wrapping up his official visit to Uruguay, RFE/RL’s Armenian service ( reports.

Before arriving in Uruguay, Serzh Sargsyan gave an interview to Argentina’s “Clarin” during his official visit to Buenos Aires earlier this week. He referred to the continuing deliveries of Russian offensive weapons to Azerbaijan.

“It is a very painful subject and our people are worried that our strategic ally sells weapons to Azerbaijan,” said Sargsyan.

Perhaps this was the first time Serzh Sargsyan spoke about Russia’s arms sale to Azerbaijan. Official Yerevan has so far been careful not to publicly criticize the Russian arms supplies.

“But we are very confident that Armenia has the capability to defend its borders,” Sargsyan said during the interview. “Despite the fact that Russia sells weapons to Azerbaijan I have no doubts that Russia will honor its commitments to us in times of adversity.”

Serzh Sargsyan did not rule out the possible resumption of military operations.

He did not specify what kind of Russian military assistance Armenia expects to receive in case of a renewed war for Nagorno-Karabakh. He insisted instead that despite its decade-long massive military build-up Azerbaijan is still not strong enough to reconquer Karabakh and other Armenian-controlled territories surrounding it. “They spend a lot of money on armaments but that cannot guarantee victory,” he said.

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