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Armenia: No military solution to dispute with Azerbaijan says Defence Minister Sargsyan02:05

Armenia: No military solution to dispute with Azerbaijan says Defence Minister Sargsyan

Armenia, Yerevan
March 29, 2017 at 19:17 GMT -00:00 · Published

Armenian Defence Minister and parliamentary candidate for the Republican Party of Armenia, Vigen Sargsyan, outlined the country's key security concerns in a meeting with journalists ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections, in Yerevan on Wednesday.

With reference to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict - a disputed territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan - Sargsyan stated that Yerevan was "particularly interested in acquiring certain technologies that could balance Azerbaijan's extended arsenal."

Staying on this topic, he added that Yerevan "would like to hope that Baku understands that any escalation may lead to a full-scale war, which would create chaos and at the same time would definitely not solve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict."

During the meeting, Sargsyan also underlined his hope that he will be "trusted" to continue in his role as Minister of Defence.

"I see a lot of work that can be done and I hope that I have time to implement a range of defence reforms that are much called for, and which affect our country's capacity to defend itself," he added.

Vigen Sargsyan was appointed as Defence Minister of the Republic of Armenia in October 2016, after serving as the Chief of Staff of the President for more than five years. He is leading the proportional list of the Republican Party of Armenia in the lead up to the parliamentary elections on April 2.

Armenia: No military solution to dispute with Azerbaijan says Defence Minister Sargsyan02:05
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Armenian Defence Minister and parliamentary candidate for the Republican Party of Armenia, Vigen Sargsyan, outlined the country's key security concerns in a meeting with journalists ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections, in Yerevan on Wednesday.

With reference to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict - a disputed territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan - Sargsyan stated that Yerevan was "particularly interested in acquiring certain technologies that could balance Azerbaijan's extended arsenal."

Staying on this topic, he added that Yerevan "would like to hope that Baku understands that any escalation may lead to a full-scale war, which would create chaos and at the same time would definitely not solve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict."

During the meeting, Sargsyan also underlined his hope that he will be "trusted" to continue in his role as Minister of Defence.

"I see a lot of work that can be done and I hope that I have time to implement a range of defence reforms that are much called for, and which affect our country's capacity to defend itself," he added.

Vigen Sargsyan was appointed as Defence Minister of the Republic of Armenia in October 2016, after serving as the Chief of Staff of the President for more than five years. He is leading the proportional list of the Republican Party of Armenia in the lead up to the parliamentary elections on April 2.

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