STEPANAKERT (Public Radio of Armenia)—Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Defense Minister Levon Mnatsakanyan has assured that the Karabakh Defense Army has the means to show resistance against Azerbaijan.
“By escalating the situation at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and the line of contact, Baku shows its intolerance towards the status quo established at the conflict zone, thus trying to exert pressure on international structures engaged in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict,” Minister of Defense of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Levon Mnatsakanyan said in an interview with Moscow-based Noyan Tapan newspaper.
Mnatsakanyan added that, “from [a] military point of view, Azerbaijan is testing its combat readiness with a view of launching more large-scale actions.” He said that there are other derivative reasons, which are mainly meant for the internal audience of Azerbaijan and aim to exert psychological influence on the Armenian side.
Mnatsakanyan said that the discourses around the strength of the Azerbaijani army is political propaganda, rather than a reflection of reality. Mnatsakanyan assured that the Karabakh Defense Army has the technical means and moral-psychological capacities to show resistance against the Azerbaijani armed forces.