Armenia Allocate Russian Military Equipment and Cannot Blame Azerbaijan in Violation of DOVSE – Azerbaijani Presidential Administration’s Department Head
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. S.Agayeva / The official Baku called fiction and lie the statements by Armenian officials about Azerbaijan exceeds the armament limit.
"Armenia allocates the Russian military equipment in its territory, but cannot blame Azerbaijan in violation of the DOVSE agreement," Novruz Mammadov, the head of the Department on International Relations of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, said to the Trend agency on 30 November.
During the annual meeting of the OSCE Council of Ministers in Madrid, the Armenian Defense Minister Vardan Oskanian accused Azerbaijan of exceeding armament limits. The Azerbaijani Defense Minister Elmar Mammadyarov replied that the statements made by Oskanian were unfounded.
The DOVSE agreement was signed in Paris on19 November 1990 and came into force from 9 November 1992. Azerbaijan joined the agreement after gaining independence after collapse of the Soviet Union.
DOVSE is directed to provide security and stability in military forces of Europe, abolish inequality, which cause damage to stability and security, as well as prevent attack or launch of large-scale attacks to Europe
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.
Armenia allocated armaments in Nagorno-Karabakh as many as in the territory of the country.
" Azerbaijan did not undertake steps which violate the DOVSE agreement, and international organizations did not submitted the claims on the issue," Eldar Sabiroglu, the head of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry's press-service reported to Trend agency. Ratifying the agreement Azerbaijan and Armenia assumed obligations that the quantity of armaments of the both countries to be one the same level. However, the population of Azerbaijan exceeds the number of Armenians. We fulfill our obligations featly," Sabiroglu said. " Armenia purchases armament from Russia and China for recent years. Armenia charges Azerbaijan in order to draw the attention of international communities away Armenia," Useir Jafarov, an independent expert of Azerbaijan, said.