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Armenian government wants to buy Russian Su-30SM fighter jets

YEREVAN, (BM) – The Armenian government is negotiating the purchase of a new batch of Russian Su-30SM fighters, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing EurAsia Daily. Four such aircraft entered service with the Armenian Air Force in 2019.

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On August 30, Defense Minister David Tonoyan informed the Armenian service of Radio Liberty about the acquisition plans. Su-30M is designed to destroy both air and ground targets. The range of its flight is 3000 km, the combat radius is 1500 km. It is equipped with a 150 cm cannon, carries aerial bombs and guided air-to-air missiles. The minister also added that options for setting up private Armenian-Russian companies in the military-industrial complex are currently being considered.

Commenting on the statements of the Azerbaijani authorities, Tonoyan stated that Russia does not transport military supplies to Armenia.

“The transfer was carried out within the framework of the 102nd Russian military base. Russia does not transport military cargo for Armenia now. We do it ourselves,” the minister said.

On August 12, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, during a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that, according to him, since July 17, there has been an active transportation of military cargo from Russia to Armenia.

On August 25, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, at a meeting in Baku with his Azerbaijani counterpart Zakir Hasanov, stated that Russia is building social facilities for military personnel at its base in Armenia, which is the reason for transportation.

Russia delivered 400 tons of weapons and missile systems to Armenia against Turks and Azeris

According to Pentapostagma, since mid-July, Russian transport planes have made a number of covert flights to Armenia, carrying about 400 tonnes of military cargo, as reported.

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According to the data, we are talking about modern weapons, including air defense systems, radar for short, medium and long range, electronic suppression systems, long-range artillery systems, including the S-300 air defense system.

Russian experts, for their part, draw attention to the fact that Armenia, unlike Azerbaijan, is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Azerbaijan is in conflict with Russia and other CSTO members).

As a member of the CSTO, Armenia will receive all necessary assistance, including heavy weapons. In this context, the claims of the Azeris are completely unfounded, especially in the context of the ongoing attacks on Armenia.

It is known that the Turkish officers lead the Azeris and are inside the general headquarters of the country.

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Azerbaijan and Armenia have been in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh since February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its withdrawal from the Azerbaijan SSR.

During the armed conflict in 1992-1994, the Azerbaijani side lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven areas adjacent to it. Since 1992, negotiations have been conducted within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group on a peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is led by co-chairs – Russia, USA and France.

In 1994, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, through the mediation of Russia, signed the Bishkek Armistice Protocol. At the same time, military operations did not stop there, which periodically renewed.

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The most significant exacerbation of the conflict was the four-day war of 2016. Then hundreds of soldiers on both sides became victims.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan last year, called for a rhetoric that would go against the fundamental principles endorsed by both sides and enshrined in the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act when resolving the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh.

At the same time, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry admitted that much more needs to be done to achieve a long-term political settlement.

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