By Rashid Shirinov
Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry has stated that another irresponsible and populist speech of the Chief of General Staff of Armenian Armed Forces, Movses Hakobyan, is no surprise for the ministry.
Representatives of the criminal military and political leadership of Armenia had also made similar statements before the April battles, according to the ministry.
“We all remember that after the April battles, Serzh Sargsyan, realizing that Hakobyan’s further presence in Nagorno-Karabakh will lead to his physical destruction, urgently transferred him to Yerevan,” the Defense Ministry said.
The ministry added that the leadership of Armenia and the Armenian army, who suffered a crushing defeat after the April fighting, are trying to weaken the political, social and public tensions in the country through provocative speeches.
“However, Movses Hakobyan must realize that modern weapons to be applied by the Azerbaijani Army are much more devastating than those used in the April battles and will lead to the complete destruction of the Armenian Army,” the Ministry warned.
In early April 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire of large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers by Armenian army. Azerbaijani counter-attack led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.
Military operations on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies were stopped on April 5 at 12:00 with mutual consent of the sides. However, Armenian side still continues violating the ceasefire.
Azerbaijan and Armenia for over two decades have been locked in conflict, which emerged over Armenian territorial claims. Since the 1990s war, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions. The UN Security Council has adopted four resolutions on Armenian withdrawal, but they have not been enforced to this day.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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