Armenia's refusal to provide minefield maps to Azerbaijan - very aggressive act, says expert
BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 24
By Jani Babayeva - Trend:
Armenia’s non-provision of minefield maps for Azerbaijan's liberated (from Armenian occupation during the 44-day war from late Sept. through early Nov.2020) territories is the main problem with the implementation of the peace agreements (between presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia’s prime minister on Nov.10, 2020 to end the war), Director of the Russian Institute for Political Studies, expert Sergey Markov told Trend.
According to Markov, this is not only a gross violation of the agreements but also a very aggressive act, since non-provision of these maps entails the death of a large number of civilians who are now trying to return to their homes and run into mines, as well as servicemen.
He noted that almost all Armenian officers studied according to Soviet military rules, which strictly instructed to draw up 2 counterparts of minefield maps.
"Of these, one map should have remained in the military unit, while the other should have been passed to a special department of the General Staff. Therefore, for sure all these maps are available," the expert said.
Markov stressed that the issue of transferring the maps to Azerbaijan should be strictly raised and involve international organizations.
He also added that Russia clearly supports the transfer of minefield maps to Azerbaijan, especially since Russian military personnel may suffer.