Defense Minister Sargsian Advises Baku to Steer Clear of War

YEREVAN (PanARMENIAN.Net)–The consequences of renewed hostilities in the Mountainous Karabagh region would be extremely grave both for Armenia and Azerbaijan–warned Armenia’s Minister Serge Sargsian–who is also the Secretary of the President’s Defense Council.

Speaking on Armenian Public TV on Wednesday–Sargsian emphasized Armenia’s resoluteness to steer clear of war. "The outcome of any possible war–even the most favorable for Armenia–means casualties; we have no desire to be involved in military operations."

It would even be no consolation–said Sargsian–that odds would be in Armenia’s favor–as was the case in 1992-1994. "There are–after all–huge prices to pay for war–delays settling social problems–limitation on freedoms. . . "

Sargsian said that Armenia would be forced to pursue war–only if Azerbaijan advances the attack.

"In this case–I assure–we will respond adequately–and the response will be one that will–for many years–crush Azerbaijan’s desire to fight."

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