Efforts to return the Armenian POW continue

Karen Ghazaryan

Everything has been done to assure Hakob Injighulyan that he won’t be persecuted upon his return to the Motherland, Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan told reporters today.

“Unfortunately, the absence of state contacts with Azerbaijan does not allow us to use all our opportunities; we keep in touch with Hakob Injighulyan only through international organizations,” the Minister said.

Seyran Ohanyan said it’s not yet clear what Hakob has declared and where he wants to go, but assured that the efforts to return the Armenian captive continue. The Minister said Injighulyan will be provided with necessary support to recover psychologically and return to his service.

Speaking about the armament of the Armenian Army, the Defense Minister said the process can be divided into several chronological stages, the last of which starts from 2007.

“Since 2007 we have purchased armaments necessary to counterbalance Azerbaijan’s privileges,” Minister Ohanyan said.

In particulate, we have acquired air defense systems, high-precision missile systems, which can make the rival refrain from unleashing attack. The Minister noted that despite the quantitative privilege of Azerbaijan, the balance of forces is maintained with respect to quality and professionalism in using the armaments.

Seyran Ohanyan stressed that more armaments have been purchased over the past three years and the process continues.

Seyran Ohanyan noted that the resent activeness of the Azerbaijani snipers at the line of contact is connected with political processes inside the country. The Minister said Armenia does not respond to irregular firing. It  punishes the rival only for targeted  shots.

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