Helicopter Was Downed with Russia-Made Weapons

General Movses Hakobian


STEPANAKERT—Azerbaijan used Russian-made anti-aircraft weapons to down an Artsakh military helicopter last Wednesday, the commander of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Armed Forces, General Movses Hakobian told Azatutyun.am on Monday.

“Our observations and information released by Azerbaijan indicate that a ‘Strela’ anti-aircraft missile was used. These are Russian-made missiles,” said Hakobian adding that there is no agreement that says Russian cannot sells weapons to any nation. “There are no restrictions that it [Russia] has to be accountable to Armenia about to which country it chooses to sell weapons.”

“Of course it is sad. We are allies and strategic partners and I believe that Russia, in advancing its economic interests, must also take into account our interests. Something that is not being realized,” added Hakobian.

Artsakh’s top military commander also stressed that due to the intensive and continued shelling by the Azerbaijani forces in the area where the helicopter went down, Karabakh officials have not been able to inspect the wreckage. However, Hakobian stressed that the helicopter fell in an area between the Karabakh-Azerbaijan border often referred to as the Line of Contact.

Hakobian said that the Karabakh authorities have on numerous occasions said that the situation resembles war more than peace and that Azerbaijan continues to attack from its positions. He explained that entering the area where the helicopter was shot down is risky and dangerous, adding that Azerbaijan knows full well that “our intentions are to enter that very area, which is under their immediate control.”

Hakobian stressed that the army was still strategizing its next steps, but will not publicize them.

“No threat will go unanswered,” said Hakobian.

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    • GeorgeMardig said:

      This is what there is, if don’t like it go somewhere else, go to the West that, so far after 100 years they did not recognize the Genocide

  1. Armenian said:

    No surprises here. This incident should shed some light as to which party benefits the most from the messes in the South Caucasus, particularly with the prevalence of undemocratic leaders and the constant tension they help create to ensure their legitimacy for their own constituency.

    Unfortunately, this is just the beginning. I’m sure there will be plenty more Russian-made rockets that will be lodged into Armenians’ homes in Artsakh.

    God bless Mother Russia, and God bless the Russo-Armenian “alliance” and protect it from all enemies foreign and domestic.

  2. Hratch Karamanoukian MD said:

    I agree with the General that this situation is a clear violation of the ceasefire brokered by Russia in 1994 which the Azeris have violated over and over every day and proven their disregard for international law. “The situaation resembles war more than peace …” is well said.

  3. Hratch said:

    Read ‘Em and Weep…..

    “Of course it is sad. We are allies and strategic partners and I believe that Russia, in advancing its economic interests, must also take into account our interests. Something that is not being realized,” added Hakobian.

  4. GeorgeMardig said:

    Had not been Russian would have been Israeli or American weapons, Russia by selling to Azerbaijan finances the discounted arms sale to Armenia. The dick head is Azerbaijan’s Aliyev.

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