Moscow Comments on Armenia's Western Military Engagements

Dec 8, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas

Recently, Armenian Deputy Defense Minister Hrachya Sarkisian noted that Armenia does not intend to sue Russia over the non-fulfillment of arms deals, under which Yerevan has not received the ordered military products, although it has made the relevant payments.

Commenting on the words of the Armenian Deputy Defense Minister during a briefing for journalists on December 6, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia welcomes the position of the Armenian Defense Ministry. "We can only welcome this. We understand that the Russian Defense Ministry has a similar attitude," Zakharova said.

Touching upon Armenia's military-technical cooperation with other countries, the Russian official noted that she would not like the Armenian people to be deceived by the Western as if they were friends.

According to her, the French "Bastion" armored vehicles delivered to the Transcaucasian CSTO member are illiquid, which is apparent even from the situation unfolding in the context of Russia's special military operation.

"If many media, unfortunately, related to the current authorities in Armenia, would not present this information in a distorted way and would not engage in anti-journalistic activities, but would give the people of their country the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the quotes and direct speech, perhaps it would be clearer that once again the people of Armenia are being slipped a fake by the West," Zakharova said.

According to her, it is also evident that a hodgepodge of military equipment produced by different countries never contributes to improving defense capabilities.

Moreover, she said that Baku has always confirmed to Moscow their readiness to hold peace" negotiations with Yerevan.

"We sent invitations to countries to meet in Moscow and on the sidelines of multilateral events in third countries. Baku has always confirmed to us their readiness to hold negotiations. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same about our Armenian partners," Zakharova said.

In her opinion, such a refusal is likely due to the Armenian side’s reliance on Western mediators.

 "Perhaps they [the Armenian authorities] believe that their new advisers from Washington, Brussels, and Paris will be able to offer something more interesting and effective. I don’t know, I think it’s always used to evaluate the previous experiences of neighbors in order to understand what the gatherings under the auspices of the EU, including in Prague and Brussels, have led to," the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.