the Armed forces of Azerbaijan ready to liberate the territories “occupied” currently by Armenia. This statement on Wednesday, June 20, Minister of defense of the country Zakir Hasanov, reports “Interfax”.
“Our goal is to prepare the army for war. Political negotiation is not our job. Today the Azerbaijani army is ready to liberate the occupied territories, including psychologically,” said the captain.
he Also noted that 80 percent of members of the armed forces — contractors. “They are officers, warrant officers and sergeants,” said Hasanov. All military equipment, in turn, is driven by contractors who have at least five or six years of experience.
Hasanov added that the President of the Republic of Ilham Aliyev set a task to ensure the combat readiness of the army to the actual fighting. “In a few years we will complete the execution of assigned tasks”, — he promised. It involves the upgrade of combat vehicles, upgrade them and purchase new artillery systems.
currently, the Azerbaijani army is 90 percent equipped with automated control systems, said Hasanov. “We have missile and artillery systems long-range. They are capable of with clear guidance to destroy enemy targets, ground and air. On parade [June 26, devoted to the centenary of the creation of the armed forces of the country] is also shown [rocket artillery] the “Shield”. Many people say that Azerbaijan may not be this system. But in the parade you will see that it is. This is only one direction procured new weapons”, he said.
At the same time, a source in the military circles of Azerbaijan informed the Agency that the military parade will also be shown the helicopters and us-made Bell-412. According to him, this is the first non-Soviet and non-Russian helicopter production, which are adopted by the Azerbaijan army. “Along with the Bell-412, the parade will fly the Mi-24, Mi-24G, strike helicopters Mi-35M military transport Mi-17 and ship’s Ka-27”, — he added.
In turn, the press Secretary of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Hikmet Hajiyev reported that the authorities have developed a programme for the return of IDPs to Nagorno-Karabakh. “The government of Azerbaijan has prepared a comprehensive programme “Great return”, aimed at ensuring the rights of voluntary return of IDPs to their homes after the withdrawal of Armenia’s armed forces from the occupied Azeri lands,” he said.
According to him, in consequence of “the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven districts of Azerbaijan” Armenia, more than one million Azerbaijanis became IDPs. “We see the desire of Armenia to continue the annexation of Azerbaijani territories and prevent the return of Azerbaijanis to their homes,” said Hajiyev.