ArmInfo. It is a difficult task to war against an enemy capable of launching an air attack against you using computers at a great distance from the battlefield, while you are incapable of doing anything. Therefore, the importance of acquiring cutting-edge military equipment for the Armenian armed forces is not a subject to debate.
Azerbaijan is warring against Armenia using weapons of the 5th generation, while Russia is sparing no effort to prevent Armenia from purchasing weapons from third countries, Aram Sargsyan, Chairman of the Republic party, which is loyal to Armenia's ruling circles, stated in an interview with Factor.TV.
In this context, he highlights the importance of building up Armenia's armed forces. He pointed out the initial steps in a number of directions, primarily steps to reinforce Armenia's borders, amid not quite friendly actions by Armenia's strategic ally, which is Azerbaijan's great friend as well.
Mr Sargsyan highlights the importance of public awareness of army construction models - the Swiss, Israeli or other ones. Armenia plans to purchase weapons from India, Iran and a number of European states, but delivery is obviously problematic.
"And it is not a logistic problem alone. Russia, our strategic ally, is not only selling weapons to us, but it is also putting obstacles to their delivery to Armenia from other countries by setting a number of terms to them only to protract the delivery. Russia is sparing no effort to prevent Yerevan from purchasing weapons outside Russia," Mr Sargsyan said. Russia is viewing Armenia as a "pocket state", seeking to turn it into a vassal-partner, he added.
Mr Sargsyan is calling Armenia's authorities to continue their course toward the European Union and toward the Western world.
"That was crystal clear even before the Ukraine crisis. Who has been seeking control over the Meghri corridor since November 9, 2020? I have been against Point 9 of the trilateral statement. Who urged incorporating this point in this document? And having Russia as our strategic partner, we are, in fact, in a situation when Russian is overtly supporting Azerbaijan. Have you ever heard Russian foreign office spokesperson Maria Zakharova disagree with Ilham Aliyev? On the contrary, she has always backed up the Azerbaijani president's statements," Mr Sargsyan said. in this context, he recalled the statements by Russia's representative at the U.N. Security Council, who tried to substantiate official Baku's statements on the blockade of the Lachin corridor, claiming that it was a partial blockade. Moreover, statement by Russian FM Sergey Lavrov, who referred to Baku-made claims, show that Armenians were transporting mines through the Lachin corridor. And instead of opposing that claim, he pointed out a need to verify that information.
"So what are you doing there beside selling fuel at higher prices? If you are not in control of the situation, what are you doing there?" Mr Sargsyan sated as he addressed his questions to the Russian peacekeepers.
He stressed that all the progress in the situation round Armenia and Artsakh is due to the EU, USA and OSCE, which have been making targeted statements and conclusions.
"Our society is displaying growing discontent with the fact that the nations and organization in question are not applying sanctions against Azerbaijan. However, if we ourselves are not making any steps, what can we demand? And to counter Aliyev's claims that Armenians and Russians are united, we must show that it is Russia and Azerbaijan that are actually united," Mr Sargsyan said.