Israel Should Stop Selling Weapons to Azerbaijan, Says Mnatsakanyan

Artsakh forces downed an Azerbaijani Orbiter-3 drone, which is made in Israel
Artsakh forces downed an Azerbaijani Orbiter-3 drone, which is made in Israel

Artsakh forces downed an Azerbaijani Orbiter-3 drone, which is made in Israel

Armenia’s Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan urged Israel to stop selling weapons to Azerbaijan, saying “Arms trade to Azerbaijan is fatal.”

In an interview published Thursday in the Jerusalem Post, Mnatsakanyan warned that the weapons sold by Israel to Azerbaijan are being used on civilian targets, vowing that Yerevan will continue to pursue the matter as “an integral part of our agenda.”

“Arms trade to Azerbaijan is fatal, because Azerbaijan never hesitates to use those weapons against civilian infrastructure, the civilian population,” Mnatsakanyan told the Jerusalem Post.

“We will consistently pursue this issue, it will always be an integral part of our agenda both on bilateral and multilateral platforms. Israel should stop this deadly business with Azerbaijan,” added Mnatsakanyan.

Mnatsakanyan was questioned about the veracity of reports that during the most recent escalation of tensions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, a number of Israel-made Azerbaijani drones were downed.

Armenia’s Defense Ministry reported, on numerous occasions during this month’s fighting, that Armenian Armed Forces downed several Azerbaijani drones that were made in Israel. Armenia’s defense ministry placed the fragments and remnants of the downed drones on display for the press and public to see.

“For us those weapons are deadly as they kill our people,” Mnatsakanyan told the Jersualem Post. “Our military has neutralized Azerbaijani weapons regardless of their perceived origins. Facts about weaponry obtained by Azerbaijan and used against civilian infrastructure and population of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh are numerous and the July events serve as an additional proof.”

In the interview, Mnatsakanyan said that while Israeli-Armenian relations have improved in recent years – the Armenian president was in Israel in January – Israel’s continued supply of advanced weaponry to Azerbaijan remains an outstanding issue for the countries.

Armenia’s top diplomat explained that recent Azerbaijani aggression “did not happen in a vacuum.”

“On the eve of the escalation Azerbaijan at the level of highest political-military leadership had been consistently voicing threats of war, territorial and historic claims against Armenia, coupled with very vocal dissatisfaction of the work of the international mediators – the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs,” explained Mnatsakanyan.

The foreign minister told the Jerusalem Post that it was the second attempt by Azerbaijan to resolve the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh “exclusively on their terms,” but “that show of force by Azerbaijan and its perceived military advantage dramatically failed and we have a clear case of miscalculation.”

“Unlike Azerbaijan, Armenia agreed to all proposals of the international mediators to strengthen the ceasefire by putting on the ground more monitors and introducing investigative mechanisms into ceasefire violations,” he said.

“Armenia continues to advocate those and other measures to reduce risks of escalation,” said Mnatsakanyan, explaining that Armenia is prepared to adhere to the ceasefire.

The foreign minister also touched on what the Jerusalem Post called “Israel’s persistent refusal” to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

Turning to Israel’s persistent refusal to recognize the Armenian genocide, Mnatsakanyan said: “Recognition of the Armenian Genocide by a nation that survived the horrors of the Holocaust is a moral issue. It’s on your conscience. I know that many Jews – public personalities, intellectuals and ordinary people – strongly share this point of view. However, it is up to the authorities of Israel to recognize the Armenian Genocide or refrain from doing it. It’s not only about Armenia but Israel as well.”

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6 Comments

  1. Gabriel Karpouzian said:

    Israel is no friend of Armenia. Israel has a strategic alliance with Turkey and its fake crony Azerbaijan. This alliance with Turkey has existed since the creation of the zionist state regardless who has been in power. Even with the Muslim Brotherhood in power led by Erdogan and despite the adversarial rhetoric against Israel, both countries have a strong diplomatic and military relationship. Our foreign minister doesn’t get it when he complains to the Israeli paper ”Israel’s persistent refusal” to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Does he expect Israel to recognize the Armenian Genocide while jeopardizing its strategic alliance with Turkey? He also fails to distinguish between the Jewish people and the zionist ideology which uses the Holocaust as their diplomatic weapon to draw support for its Apartheid regime in Palestine.

  2. Norin said:

    As a neighborly gesture, all Israeli sourced weapons shot down by Armenian forces should be made available for Iranian defense minister to inspect. If Israelis feel our populous is dispensable when it comes to doing business with our enemies then we must take strategic steps to educate those states against which Israeli weapons can also be used.

  3. Albert Haroian said:

    Israel can not be trusted like Turkey and Azeris. We should be very careful about theme.Israel not recognizing Armenian Genocide is very clear indication it sides with Turkey, our enemy.

  4. Mario said:

    Surrprised? israel went thru their holocaust.?
    Armenians had our genocide about 2 million were massacred by the ottomans now turkey.
    Now israel sellling arms /weapons to azeris sothey can/will kill Amenians
    Wake up ,read/learn your history
    Is dirty money .,can you sleep in peace? or? and israel to date do NOT recognice the Armenian Genocide

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