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28 June 2017
A planned delivery of the latest Russian military equipment to Azerbaijan was carried out in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement and within the framework of successfully developing military-technical cooperation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation on June 24. A large batch of modern weapons arrived at the port in Baku, will be sent to the frontline zone in the near future.
28 June 2017
Russia has delivered at least 12 9P157-2 Khrizantema-S vehicle-mounted anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems to Azerbaijan and more than 15 systems will be delivered by the end of 2018, Jane's has learned.
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence reported the arms acquisition on 24 June in an official video. The video shows Khrizantema-S systems and munitions being offloaded from Russian ships in a Caspian port close to the Azeri capital, Baku.
30 June 2017
The meeting took place in Belgium on June 29.
The sides exchanged views on Azerbaijan-NATO relations, mutually beneficial cooperation with the Alliance in the defense area and Azerbaijan's contribution to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission. During the meeting, the defense minister informed the NATO deputy secretary general about the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
5 July 2017
A young girl and her grandmother died when Armenian-backed troops shelled a village in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan accused Armenia of targeting civilians. Karabakh officials said they had returned fire, accusing Azerbaijan of deploying weapons near civilians.
The foreign ministry in the Azerbaijan capital Baku said the village had been hit by mortar rounds and heavy grenade launchers.
Nagorno-Karabakh spokesman Senor Hasratyan expressed "pain and regret" at the toddler's death. However, officials accused Azerbaijan of positioning rocket launchers close to villages and said they had to take responsibility.
Jul 5, 2017
"Two residents of the village of Alkhanly, including a two-year-old girl, were killed and one was wounded on July 4 as a result of shelling by Armenian forces," Azeri defence ministry spokesman Vagif Dergakhly told a news conference.
Nagorno-Karabakh's self-declared defence ministry said Azeri forces had violated the ceasefire agreement, opened fire first and used anti-tank and other heavy weapons.
July 5, 2017
In the morning of July 5, the Artsakh Defense Ministry published a video showing Azerbaijan’s use of the TR-107 rocket launcher. According to the time schedule fixed on the screen, the Armenian side began firing at 8:31 p.m. on July 4, after several fire-strikes by Azerbaijani forces.
The Ministry also released an audio recording of a conversation between members of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, which they said proves the retaliatory fire targeted the Azerbaijani position. “Azerbaijan habitually deploys its posts inside settlements, turning civilians into human shields,” read a part of the statement, which was released along with the recording.
July 14, 2017
Russia intervened to stop Azerbaijan's advances in last year's conflict with Armenia, Azerbaijan's defense minister has said.
While some Russian behind-the-scenes role in stopping the fighting had been known, Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov provided some new details and suggested that Azerbaijan would have made more military advances if not for Moscow's involvement. Hasanov made the comments in an interview with RIA Novosti, his first-ever interview with foreign media.
"They know that if no one intervenes in the situation, they wouldn't last for three days. This is what happened in April 2016. If they hadn't stopped us, the resistance would have been broken. In 40 minutes we ran over the lines of defense that the enemy had been building for many years."
Armenia "already on the second day" of fighting last April appealed to Russia to intervene, Hasanov said. As a result, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu called him, he recalled. "He said 'this business' had to stop, the leadership of the countries were going to talk about it." A similar call was made by the chief of general staff of the Russian armed forces to his Azerbaijani counterpart, Hasanov said.
Assuming this account is true, the intriguing, missing bit of information is why Azerbaijan acceded to Russia's requests to stop its offensive.
One area of leverage that Russia enjoys over Azerbaijan is the arms trade, as Baku has been heavily arming itself with largely Russian weaponry.
So things are pretty in flux, making it hard to guess how Russia might act next time there's a flareup over Karabakh.
July 18, 2017
Russian officials have suggested that it might be a good idea for Armenia to adopt Russian as an official language. While the proposal was made in the spirit of eternal Armenian-Russian brotherhood, it was nevertheless received coolly in Yerevan.
Officials in Armenia -- where, it should be noted, the prevalence of Russian is far greater than in its neighbors Georgia and Azerbaijan -- said they appreciated the suggestion, but weren't interested.
"For us Russian is a language of global significance, but it's not and it will not be on our agenda to give it the status of an official language and enshrine it in the constitution."
The Russian language is taught in all schools in Armenia, so the knowledge of Russian is entirely sufficient.
"Moscow will force the Armenian authorities to give the Russian language some sort of status," wrote Sargis Artsruni on 1in.am. "This is a brazen attack that must be neutralized, and even intelligently counterattacked -- on the theme of Russian arms sales to Azerbaijan," he wrote, referring to one of the largest bones of Armenian contention -- massive sales of Russian weaponry to Baku, Armenia's foe.
July 17, 2017
According to Armenia’s Finance Minister Vardan Aramyan, Armenia is discussing the possibility of receiving another loan, which would be spent on buying Russian weapons, reported RFE/RL’s Armenian service.
Two years ago, Russia lent Armenia $200 million for arms acquisitions from Russian manufacturers. The Russian government then publicized a list of items Armenia is allowed to purchase with the money.
He confirmed that the arms supplies financed from the loan are carried out at internal Russian prices that are set well below the international market prices. These discounts are available for Armenia due to its military alliance with Russia.
The close alliance has not prevented Russia from also selling billions of dollars worth of weapons to Azerbaijan in recent years, though.
When asked if he would reconsider Armenia’s relationship with Russia and decrease cooperation, Sarkisian said that is a path which could be “extremely dangerous” for Armenia.
The Israeli Defense Ministry has suspended the export license of Aeronautics Defense Systems Ltd (ADS), following a newspaper report that the Israeli company had tried to test one of its weapons systems on an Armenian military position at the request of Israel’s defense partner, Azerbaijan.
The decision to suspend ADS’s export license came after reports earlier this month that ADS members, who demonstrated the Aeronautics Defense Orbiter 1K drone in Baku, had been asked by their Azeri hosts to use it to deliver an explosive payload on an Armenian military position in Azerbaijan’s breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, The Jerusalem Post said.
After the ADS specialists operating the drone refused to use it against the Armenian position, their senior colleagues took over, operating the drone themselves.
Even though they missed the target during the demonstration on July 7, two Armenian soldiers were slightly wounded in the strike, the Jerusalem Post reported, citing Col. Armen Gyozalian, the commander of an army unit stationed in northeastern Nagorno-Karabakh.
As a result of the suspension, the Israeli firm will lose around $20 million in the next two years as it is prevented from continuing exports to Azerbaijan, the newspaper wrote.
Georgia-NATO military exercises Agile Spirit 2017 will held at the Orfolo range and the armor center in Samtskhe-Javakheti from September 3 to 11. These exercises are designed to improve interaction of the United States, Georgia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania, Ukraine and Armenia and prepare the participants for joint operations within NATO operative forces.
Armenia publication 1in.am wrotes in its article "Armenia deepens cooperation with NATO: how will Moscow react."
At the last minute and with no explanation, Armenia has dropped out of NATO military exercises in Georgia, after taking part in several other drills with the Western alliance this summer.
Georgia's Ministry of Defense announced just before the start of the exercise, on September 3, that Armenia had decided not to go.
Armenian officials, asked about the unexpected dropout, didn't do much to dispel the impression that it was the result of Russian pressure.
"This is a sovereign decision of Armenia," said Eduard Sharmazanov, the vice speaker of Armenia's parliament, on September 4. "Armenia never said it was going to be a member of NATO even in the distant future, never said it was going to leave the [Russia-led security bloc Collective Security Treaty Organization]. Armenia has always said that it sees no alternative to the CSTO."
Adding to the intrigue, Azerbaijan is participating in Agile Spirit, after itself dropping out unexpectedly from two other NATO exercises earlier this summer.
Shipment of Russian natural gas to Armenia through Georgia that was halted from August 3 for 30 calendar days because of construction work on the major pipeline pumping gas from Russia to the South Caucasus, was resumed on September 2, Armenia’s national gas distribution company Gazprom Armenia said today.
22 September 2017
President Ilham Aliyev was delivering a major speech to world leaders in New York, in which he solemnly discussed the bloody Nagorno-Karabakh War of 1992.
But his 33-year-old daughter Leyla Aliyeva - who was sat in the audience - seemed more concerned with pulling absurd faces as she pointed her smartphone at herself.
While her father talked of savage conflicts with neighbouring state Armenia, Leyla was filmed pulling shocked and surprised faces for her selfies.
To add to the president's embarrassment, her efforts were live-streamed all around the world from the General Assembly.
October 05, 2017
Lida Sargsyan, an 82-year old ethnic Armenian, remembers a time when Azeris and Armenians lived side by side.
"We used to live normally together," she recalled, standing on a dry patch of land where pigs and cows loll in the sun. "The Azeris were living in our houses, we were living in their houses."
But that was decades ago, when the region was brought together under the Soviet Union — before war erupted in 1991.
There are fears that the neighbors are now closer to war over the enclave than at any time since the cease-fire.
In the minefields of Karegah, a small village led by a female mayor, a handful of women manually remove land mines from the ground — one of the few well-paid jobs around.
October 7, 2017
Politician Ufuk Uras, who visited Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) as part of a delegation from Turkey, said he and other members of the delegation are now afraid of going abroad because of the measures taken by Azerbaijan against them.
The Turkish delegation met lawmakers of the Karabakh parliament in Stepanakert on September 22.
According to Uras, the Turkish foreign ministry has sided with Baku.