Countering Azeri Aggression ‘Well Within’ Armenia’s Capacity

The campus of the Armenian Ministry of Defense

YEREVAN (Arka)—Armenia sees no need for involving the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Russian Federation in countermeasures against Azerbaijan’s aggression, press secretary of Armenia’s ministry of defense Artsrun Hovhannisyan said in commenting the statement made by Azerbaijan’s defense minister Zakir Hasanov.

At his meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs on November 4 Hasanov said Baku is waiting for an official response from Moscow to the statement made by the commander of the 102nd Russian military base in Armenia Andrey Ruzinskiy. The latter, in his interview to “Kraznaya Zvezda” newspaper, said the base may enter into a military conflict, as per its contractual obligations under the CSTO, if Azerbaijan decides to impose its jurisdiction over Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Azerbaijan’s minister of defense is probably not receiving sufficient information from his administration on the fourth article of the Collective Security Treaty and the fifth protocol about the Russian Federation military base in Armenia signed in 2010,” the press secretary wrote on his Facebook page.

“Yet, let me remind, the military and political leadership of the Republic of Armenia has repeatedly said it sees no necessity of involving the CSTO and the Russian Federation in counteracting Azeri aggression. The capacities of our Armed Forces are more than enough to solve any battle task”, Hovhannisyan said.

The 102nd Russian military base has been located in the Armenian city of Gyumri since 1995. The military base is part of a joint air defense system of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). There are 5,000 Russian soldiers officially reported to be stationed at the 102nd Military Base.

In August 2010, the Russian-Armenian agreement over the military base signed in 1995 was extended for another 49 years.


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  1. AL said:

    Didn’t Azerbaijan just buy a lot of weapons from Russia? They have a lot of money to fund a war? Do they have an advantage if war breaks out? Why is Hovhannisyan speaking so confidently saying we don’t need help?

  2. John said:

    Is Hovhanissyan bluffing? or can we really handle Azeri aggression ourselves?

    • john goncuian said:

      Armenia can handle any Azeri attack despite allf their arm purchases. If Azeris believed even a small chance of winning the second war , they would have attacked already. Armenia is very well defended for every possible attack. Hovhannisyan speaks confidently because he is aware of all t Azeri military capacity. Azeris begging for land donation 20 years, NOT even an inch will be given !!!! ARMENIA defended her lands and people.

  3. Vachagan said:

    No, I do not think Hovhannisyan is bluffing. To remind – right after the breakup of Soviet Union Azerbaijan inherited much much more weaponry from the Soviet Army than Armenia did (e.g. Armenians had NO air force at all). If you go back to the statements of high ranking officials of Azerbaijan (including the president) they were even more confident of quick and easy victory over Karabakh forces who were really fighting with hunting rifles. One guys promised that Azeri soldiers would “wash their boots in Sevan in a week”. For more info do Wikipedia search – it has some revealing numbers. More recently there were some reputable sources (CIA?) which did a research and concluded that Azeris still do not have enough power to overcome Karabakh defense positions (which have been solidifying over last 20 years).

    All in all, I do not think it is a bluff, though naturally nobody wants a new war. But for Armenians it’d be a war for survival, while for Azeris – a war for some vague notion of ‘restoring integrity’. That was the factor that worked in Armenians’ favor back in 90-ies, and will work again now.

  4. GB said:

    I wonder how a corrupted demoralized Axeri army can fight against well trained, well motivated, Armenia’s army, again!!