In Armenia, they will introduce compulsory military training and more actively involve women in the service, while in Azerbaijan they will continue to buy equipment and create a commando detachment. Aliyev and Pashinyan talked about this in their New Year messages
Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh
The armies of Armenia and Azerbaijan will strengthen their armies and carry out military reforms. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan stated this in New Year's TV addresses to their peoples.
According to the Azerbaijani leader, in 2021, “ new weapons and equipment will be acquired. '' “ I must also note that a new military formation was created in Azerbaijan this year & mdash; Commando Forces & raquo;, & mdash; Aliyev told (quoted by Day.az). This special rapid deployment unit will have a “ great capability '' and will be ready to carry out “ any military mission, '' Aliyev said.
Armenia, according to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, should “ have a professional army, and more and more women should be involved in it. '' “ In a strategic perspective, urgent military service should change significantly, turning into compulsory military training and periodic exercises, '' & mdash; he reported (quoted from News Armenia).
At the same time, both the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders stated that they are supporters of the peaceful development of relations. Thus, according to Pashinyan, peace is the “ most reliable way to ensure '' security of the country. Aliyev said he hoped that “ someday we will have good neighborly relations with Armenia. ''
The last time Aliyev and Pashinyan held talks in mid-December. They went to the Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels with the participation of Charles Michel, President of the European Council. The parties discussed the creation of an economic advisory platform “ to build confidence, promote peaceful coexistence and expand economic cooperation. '' But Aliyev and Pashinyan confirmed that they would fulfill the key obligations they assumed after the end of the war in Karabakh.
A month earlier, at negotiations in the presence of Vladimir Putin, Pashinyan and Aliyev argued about the implementation these agreements. Thus, the Azerbaijani leader said that all points of the ceasefire agreement, which was concluded in 2020, were fulfilled. Pashinyan objected: “ There is a problem of hostages and other detainees. This is a very important humanitarian issue. ''
The war in Nagorno-Karabakh last took place in the fall of 2020. During major hostilities, both sides suffered losses in manpower and equipment. The war ended with significant territorial concessions, which Armenia made, and Russia brought peacekeepers into the region. In November 2021, the conflict escalated again in the region – & mdash; armored vehicles and artillery were involved in the hostilities.
Subscribe to RBC's Instagram Get news faster than anyone