Updated at 14:03,27-06-2022

Armenia calls recent weapon sales to Azerbaijan ‘illogical’


Armenia calls recent weapon sales to Azerbaijan ‘illogical’
The Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia has stated that the decision of the Belarusian side to sell “Polonez” rocket launchers to Azerbaijan will be raised “in due order.”

“We regret that Belarus, being a friendly country, involved in multilateral cooperation formats and having allied responsibilities, is selling arms to a country that is in conflict with us,” Interfax quated Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Ruben Rubinyan as saying.

“This issue will be raised in the appropriate order. This is not very logical, given the friendly and allied relations between Armenia and Belarus,” Rubinyan said.

Earlier, director of the Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan told Belsat that other CSTO countries are doing the same.

“A union is not only a space for friendship and love, but also a space for contradictions. Belarus is a country that has its own interests. And these interests do not always coincide with the interests of the allies,” said Iskandaryan.

According to the expert, in the Belarusian politics “transactional values come at a price” — that is, they benefit Belarus.

“Literally, it is profitable both financially and politically. And this is a normal process, if we talk at the expert level,” the expert added.

On June 11, the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev inspected the “Polonez” complexes taken onboard by the Azerbaijani army.

The “Polonez” missile systems are the result of military-technical cooperation between Belarus and China. The installation with eight rockets is based on the chassis of the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant. Missiles have individual guidance, with a range of up to 200 km and accuracy of up to 1.7 m. The warhead power is 50 kg in the TNT equivalent.