29 Nov 2019 18:22

Azerbaijan closely working with Russia, other CSTO countries in military-technical sphere - Baku

BAKU. Nov 29 (Interfax) - Azerbaijan can buy new weapons from Russia if need be and is closely working with other CSTO countries in the military-technical sphere, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said in its commentary on the statement by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan made at the organization's summit in Bishkek.

"Azerbaijan has established close military-political and military-technical cooperation with the CSTO countries. I especially want to mention cooperation between Azerbaijan and Russia, including in the military-technical sphere. It is known that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev discussed issues relating to cooperation in the military sphere between our countries in 2020 at a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on October 30 and Russian General Staff head Valery Gerasimov on November 26. Azerbaijan can buy new weapons from Russia, if need be," Leyla Abdullayeva, the head of the directorate of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's press service, said on Friday.

"The settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is in no way related to the CSTO," she said.

Pashinyan said at a meeting in Bishkek earlier that the CSTO countries should decline Azerbaijan's requests for purchase of weapons to prevent possible escalation of the Karabakh conflict.