SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev in an interview with local tv channel Azernews on asked about recent purchase of weapons from the Armenia with whom Azerbaijan is having ongoing border conflict singled out India and said that ” Unfortunately, India is now playing a role among them. we consider this as an unfriendly step. because thee weapons, especially offensive weapons have a target, and it is Azerbaijan. Therefore, of course, we are taking necessary measures and cannot allow Armenia to create danger for us, we can never allow that to happen.
Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev also said that he said this to Armenian side several times not to waste money on that (weapons). Because, first of all, it will not help you (Armenia), and secondly, it may create an illusion that you can retaliate.
You (Armenia) will not be able to! if we see that there is a serious threat to us, we will crush this threat immediately, no matter where this threat comes from , from our territory’s or beyond our borders.
Armenia has recently purchased weapons from India in order to strengthen its defences after being overwhelmed by Turkish and Israeli weapons supplies, which allowed Azerbaijan to seize control of some areas of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
After the war, Armenia began with Swathi Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) and also placed orders for Pinaka multi barrel rocket launcher, Multi-terrain Artillery Gun (MArG) 155 – BR 155mm 39 calibre gun, and has plans to procure more weapons from India, including loitering ammunitions, tank rounds, equipping Su-30 with Indian weapons such as Astra and BrahMos, and Air Defence systems.
Azerbaijan Defense Analysts initially mocked Armenia’s purchase of Indian weapons, calling them unreliable and untested, but Armenia found Indian-made Swath and Pinaka to be far superior to what other countries had to offer because both systems were already inducted and tested in the Indian Armed Forces.
Azerbaijan remains on Pakistan’s side in the Kashmir conflict, calling for international law to be followed in order to find a solution. Foreign ministers from Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Pakistan met in Islamabad in January 2021 to issue a joint declaration on a variety of issues. The parties also expressed concern about “human rights violations in and efforts to change the demographic structure of Jammu and Kashmir” in the document, and they reiterated their commitment to a peaceful resolution of the conflict “in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.”
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