In an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) Armenian Service on 10 August, RSC Director Richard Giragosian assessed the new level of Russian military cooperation with Azerbaijan. He highlighted the fact that the Kremlin has been making the transition to a new level of military-technical cooperation between Azerbaijan and simple sale of arms. “This new development shows that the issue is no longer of Russia being the number one supplier of arms to Azerbaijan, rather, we are dealing with a more serious problem than the supply of arms. Now the danger and threats are greater because we are dealing with a new level of Russia-Azerbaijan military cooperation,” Giragosian stated.
According to Giragosian, it is important that the new level of the Azerbaijani-Russian military-technical cooperation is understood in the context of the Karabakh talks, adding that “the new developments in Russian-Azerbaijani military cooperation only increase the offensive potential of Azerbaijan. At the same time, Russia is exerting diplomatic pressure on Armenia, as well as acting as a militarily unreliable partner for Armenia. Therefore, we should expect not only an increase in the number of Russian arms supplies to Azerbaijan, but also to see a deepening of military-technical cooperation between the two countries.”