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Azerbaijani Defense Minister: “We can destroy any military facility and residential settlement in Armenia”

“Our soldiers and officers immediately take and will further take revenge of their killed fellow soldiers”

Baku. Hafiz Heydarov – APA. Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov commented on recent incidents on the contact line, APA reports. 

 

The Minister said in his interview with Azerbaijan newspaper that today Azerbaijan is in a state of war with Armenia and though more than 20 years passed since the ceasefire was declared, the Armenian side, violating the international laws, keeps our territories under its occupation, is continuously violating the ceasefire and its reconnaissance and sabotage groups are trying to attack our posts on the frontline. “The enemy snipers are firing at our military servicemen, civilians and damaging our facilities and agricultural areas. We should respond to the enemy in the same way and we are doing it. I want you to be absolutely sure that our armed units immediately respond to them and the enemy suffers losses. Our soldiers and officers immediately take and will further take revenge of their killed fellow soldiers”, he said.

 

The Minister said along with the constant violation of ceasefire on the contact line of troops, Armenian armed units are firing on the border regions, villages and settlements of Azerbaijan, wounding and killing civilians: “We are very concerned about it. They are mainly firing on the Azerbaijani residential settlements in Gazakh, Aghstafa, Tovuz, Gadabay and Dashkasan regions from their posts located in Ijevan, Noyemberyan, Berd and Krasnoselsk regions of Armenia. The enemy aims to expand the occupied zone and demonstrates its aggressive appearance. However, international organizations remain silent.  We can also act as Armenia, destroy any military facility and residential settlement in this country. We have all the opportunities for doing it. However, the principles of humanity and our people’s higher feelings of humanity keep us from doing it. What is the fault of civilians, children, women and old people?

 

Hasanov called on the international organizations: “We draw attention of Europe, the world, international human rights organizations, OSCE, European Union, PACE and UN Security Council to this issue once again. We demand to put an end to the tyranny of Armenia. We demand the withdrawal of Armenian forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. As the situation become tense on the frontline, citizens wishing to go to war appeal to the Defense Ministry. It arises from our people’s hatred for the enemy and wishes to liberate our lands. Holding large-scale exercises with the use of modern methods at all levels in the formation and units of the Armed Forces is a warning to the enemy and it has become military way of life for us.

 

I want to assure our people that the personnel of the Armed Forces are capable of fulfilling the task guided by the idea - “Azerbaijan will not permit the establishment of a second Armenian state in its historical lands” of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Mr. Ilham Aliyev and we have all the opportunities for doing it”, said Minister Hasanov. 

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