ArmInfo. First of all, we must rely on the information disseminated by the Armenian Ministry of Defense. Former Minister of Defense of Armenia Seyran Ohanyan stated this in an interview with RFE/RL's Armenian Service. According to Ohanyan, the provocation was organized by the leadership of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
<This situation may be related to the negotiation process, which, according to Baku, is proceeding slowly. Or is it an attempt to put pressure on the international community, or all this is connected with the internal problems of Azerbaijan. Everyone knows that as of today they have accumulated a number of problems. They have economic problems, water problems, oil prices are falling, there is an increase in opposition sentiment>, the former minister emphasized.
Ohanyan noted that in recent years, Azerbaijan has been trying to influence our society with such actions. <However, the Armenian Armed Forces confidently carry out the task assigned to them. This is a local incident for which our Armed Forces should be prepared. Such local conflicts always have consequences, but I think there is no reason to start large-scale hostilities. The Armed Forces of Armenia and the Artsakh Defense Army are ready for any actions, not only defensive, but also preventive, "the former Minister of Defense concluded.