Army Can ‘Paralyze Azerbaijan’s Economy,’ Says Artsakh Army Commander

Artsakh defense minister and commander of its armed forces Lieutenant-General Levon Mnatsakanyan during a press conference on Tuesday
Artsakh defense minister and commander of its armed forces Lieutenant-General Levon Mnatsakanyan during a press conference on Tuesday

Artsakh defense minister and commander of its armed forces Lieutenant-General Levon Mnatsakanyan during a press conference on Tuesday

STEPANAKERT—The Artsakh Army can “paralyze Azerbaijan’s economy” through missile attacks, in the event that Azerbaijan launches offensives against Artsakh, the country’s defense minister and commander of its armed forces Lieutenant-General Levon Mnatsakanyan said Tuesday during a press conference.

While saying such an attack by Artsakh forces was not imminent he said that striking targets that could potentially hinder a foe’s economic well-being was part of rules of military engagement.

“This is part of our tactical plans,” said Mnatsakanyan. “The art of war requires attacks on such facilities, in addition to military targets, to cause damage to the [enemy] economy and will deter the delivery of supplies to its soldiers.”

Mnatsakanyan made the statements in response to reporter’s question about whether there were plans to attack a big hydroelectric power station near the Azerbaijani town of Mingachevi. A recent accident there caused massive power outages across Azerbaijan.

The defense minister emphasized that the Artsakh armed forces were equipped to launch an adequate counteroffensive, despite Azerbaijan’s recent acquisition of tactical missiles from Israel, which have a 300-kilometer (approximately 186.5-mile) range.

“Our Armed Forces also have a similar weapon,” said Mnatsakanyan, presumably referring to a recent delivery of the Russian-made Iskander missiles, which were supplied to Armenia in 2016. The armed forces commander stressed that the capabilities of the Armenian side would deliver more precise fire and were “almost the same as” the Azerbaijani potential.

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  1. Hrant Apovian said:

    One wonders why this strategy was not implemented
    in the aftermath of the four day war in 2016.

  2. Artun said:

    Սիրելի Նախարար- Պարոն մնացականյան, Կեցեք այդպես էլ պետք է․․․
    Ծանոթ լինելով թշնամու նկարագրին, այս 10 տարի է որ մենք խնդրում էինք մեր ղեկավարներից որ նրանց անհրաժեշտ է թշնամու սպառնալիքներին և հերյուրանքներին, խստորեն արձագանքել, նշելով նրանց մեր ժողովրդի անսասան կամքը իր հայրենիքը պաշտպանելու համար , Բայց ցավոք սրտի արդեն թշնամիները վաղուց պարոն Սարգսյանի և իր կլանի ատամները հաշվել էին ․․․

  3. GB said:

    Paralyzing Axeri lifeline (pipeline) will hurt cash starving Putin’s Rusia, and Israeli greedy government. Armenia should diplomatically neutralize Axerbaijani threats, and gain the support of EU and US, as the military power in South Caucasus!

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