Azerbaijan accuses Moscow of arming Armenia since July clashes

File photo. Russian Ilyushin Il-76 transport planes fly over Moscow during the military parade to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in World War Ii, in Moscow, Russia, 24 June 2020. [Nina Zotina/EPA/EFE]

An Azeri presidential aide said on Saturday (29 August) that Russia has been supplying Armenia with weapons since a clash between the two former Soviet republics in July.

More than a dozen Armenian and Azeri soldiers were killed in July at the border between the two, which have long been at odds over Azerbaijan’s breakaway, mainly ethnic Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Clashes resume on Azerbaijan-Armenia border

Border clashes erupted again early on Thursday (16 July) between arch-foes Azerbaijan and Armenia after a brief pause the previous day, officials in both countries said, amid a flare-up over a decades-long territorial dispute.

Russia has called the conflict is a highly sensitive matter.

Hikmet Hajiyev, a senior adviser to Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, said Russia has been “intensively arming Armenia” right after the July conflict, with Russian Il-76 strategic airlifters flying towards Armenia after 17 July.

The Russian foreign ministry did not immediately reply to a Reuters request for comment.

Russia has a military base in Armenia and considers it to be a strategic partner in the South Caucasus region and supplies it with weapons.

Russia told Azerbaijan that those Il-76 planes were carrying building materials, Hajiyev said, adding that Baku was not satisfied with this answer.

“Construction materials are usually not supplied in aeroplanes, there are other tools for that,” Hajiyev said.

“Based on observations we also have information that arms are being shipped to the Syrian territory via the Armenia territory,” he added.

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