ArmInfo. Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia Hrachya Sargsyan believes that Armenia and Russia will not go to court on the issue of Moscow's failure to fulfill its obligations under the arms contract.
So, on December 4, in parliament, in a conversation with journalists, in response to the question of whether Yerevan plans to initiate legal proceedings if Moscow still does not supply the weapons provided for in the contract, Sargsyan laconically replied: "I think the matter will not come to that. The issue will be resolved in within the framework of partnerships."
When asked to clarify whether the contract was valid, he explained that the contract was signed before his appointment to the post of deputy minister, moreover, he oversees a different area, and therefore cannot say anything unambiguously. The representative of the defense department only once again emphasized that at the moment no deliveries have been made.
This year the Armenian authorities have repeatedly accused Russia of failing to fulfill arms contracts worth more than $400 million.
The Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan spoke about this for the first time on September 29, 2022, at a government meeting. In particular, he noted that "there are cases when hundreds of millions of dollars are paid, but supply obligations towards Armenia are not fulfilled, including by allied countries."
And already on November 24 of this year, Pashinyan said that the Russian side could write off part of the Armenian debt in exchange for weapons that Armenia purchased, but which were never delivered.
The Russian side does not comment on this issue. Only a couple of times at the level of deputies of the legislative body was the fact of the existence of a problem in this area confirmed. Meanwhile, one of the Armenian newspapers, citing its sources, reported that we are talking about a contract concluded between the Ministry of Defense of Armenia and the Russian plant NPO Splav JSC, which produces Smerch-type missiles. At the same time, as sources clarified, Before the start of the military operation in Ukraine, the plant contacted the Armenian Ministry of Defense several times with a request to pick up finished products.