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 Tuesday, January 26 2021 16:20
Alexandr Avanesov

Former Deputy Defense Minister: It has become very fashionable among  government officials to make statements for self-defense

Former Deputy Defense Minister: It has become very fashionable among  government officials to make statements for self-defense

ArmInfo. Many questions about the 44-day war remain open to the expert community. Former Deputy Minister of Defense of Armenia Artak Zakaryan stated this on  January 26 at a press conference in Yerevan.

At the same time, he stated that the main reason for the defeat was  the direct intervention and advice of an amateur - the "supreme  commander-in-chief", completely incompetent in military-political  issues. The f Former Deputy Minister  expressed confidence that the  country's armed forces could best solve the task set before them. 

He denied claims that the army had failed to carry out its defensive  mission properly for 26 years. "The Armed Forces of Armenia were  faced with the task of modernizing weapons and acquiring modern  military equipment every five years. And this was done taking into  account the military-technical acquisitions of the enemy," Zakaryan  said. He assured that over the past 26 years, the Armenian army has  been provided with means equivalent to those of the Azerbaijani, but  until the Azerbaijani Armed Forces acquired the Bayraktar drones. 

The Armenian armed forces did not react to this properly, continuing  their senseless actions to turn the army into a show. "Huge sums were  spent on non-target expenses, namely, on the supply of food,  strawberries, water, airplanes, and so on," Zakaryan said.  

According to him, the current authorities of Armenia made it possible  for the enemy to prepare even better for the planned war in  conditions of military superiority. 

As for the actual course of the war, the  Former Deputy Minister   believes that the first 22 days the Armenian army fully carried out  its combat missions, but then, misleading the public and failing the  replenishment of the Armed Forces, the authorities brought the  Azerbaijani army to Shushi and ended the war by signing statement of  surrender.  

The former Deputy Minister also raised the issue of the  responsibility of the former Defense Minister David Tonoyan, who  recently spoke at a press conference. According to Zakaryan, the  former defense minister should have been talking about something  completely different. 

"During the war, the Minister is directly responsible for the  decisions that, in the end, predetermined the outcome of the war,  which ended in defeat for us," Zakaryan said. He added that he  expected from Tonoyan an assessment of the activities of the defense  department for 2.5 years, an analysis of mistakes, comments on the  impact of the negotiation process and political statements aimed at  inciting war, but none of this happened. 

According to Zakaryan, it has become very fashionable among  government officials to make statements for self-defense.


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