YEREVAN (Arka)—Azerbaijan has many internal political problems, and escalation of tensions on the border with Arstakh is one of the ways of shifting public attention away from those problems, Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian explained in an interview with Golos Armenii Newspaper.
He said that Baku is escalating tensions on the border also to increase pressure on international organizations and force them to resolve the Artsakh problem quickly.
Ohanian thinks there is also another goal – to affect the marking of the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.
In his opinion, Azerbaijan is also doing so in an apparent attempt to impact political and economic things inside Armenia and intensify emigration.
“The sabotage Azerbaijan uses to get concessions from us are absolutely unpromising,” the Minister said in his interview.
“Going back to causes of escalation of tensions by the Azerbaijani side, it is worth to point out a financial and economic factor connected with the falling oil prices,” he said. “Therefore, many programs no longer can be implemented in Azerbaijan, and border tensions are an effective way to shift public attention from domestic problems.”
In his opinion, balance of power may change soon in favor of Armenia and Azerbaijanis want to use the current moment.
“Sometimes, they probably think they are ready for a war, and this is reflected in constant shooting, ceasefire regime violations and border raids,” Ohanyan said. “However, I should say, this vigor precipitously subsides after our fitting reply.”