BAKU, 15 March – RIA Novosti. The first exercises of the Azerbaijani army after the military escalation in Karabakh will start on Monday, up to 10,000 servicemen will be involved in them, similar exercises will be held in Armenia from March 16. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that it does not see any risks to stability and security in the region in the Azerbaijani exercises, since they are of a planned nature.
At the end of September, hostilities resumed in Nagorno-Karabakh, which became a continuation of the long-term conflict and led to casualties among the civilian population. The parties made several attempts to conclude a truce, but the tripartite agreement reached on the night of November 10 turned out to be successful. With the mediation of Moscow, Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to completely cease fire and exchange prisoners and bodies of the dead. Yerevan also handed over Kelbajar, Lachin and Aghdam districts to Baku. In addition, Russian peacekeepers are stationed in the region.
All according to plan
The Azerbaijani army will begin operational-tactical exercises on Monday, up to 10,000 servicemen, about 100 tanks and other armored vehicles, up to 200 rocket and artillery installations of various calibers, up to 30 units of military aviation, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles for various purposes will be involved.
“According to the plan approved by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, operational-tactical exercises will be held in the Azerbaijani army from March 15 with the involvement of types of troops (forces),” the press service of the military department told RIA Novosti earlier.
The exercises, which will be held in mountainous and wooded areas with difficult terrain, will focus on command and control of troops, bringing them to a state of combat readiness and regrouping, including improving combat coordination and interaction between combined arms formations, missile and artillery troops, aviation and forces. special purpose. The exercises will take into account the combat experience gained during the hostilities in Karabakh, the Defense Ministry emphasized.
“During the exercise, which will last until March 18, the troops will carry out tasks to combat terrorist detachments (groups), as well as illegal armed groups and conduct counterterrorist operations,” the ministry said.
Reply from Yerevan
Similar tactical exercises involving 7.5 thousand servicemen will be held in Armenia in all operational directions of the armed forces on March 16-20, the press service of the Ministry of Defense reported earlier.
“The tactical and tactical-professional exercises on March 16-20 will involve 7.5 thousand servicemen, 200 missile, rocket-rocket, artillery and more than 150 anti-tank weapons, about 100 armored vehicles, over 90 air defense systems. In order to support tactical actions of the troops. in the exercises will be used means of air attack (aviation), “- said in a statement on the website of the department.
The purpose of the exercises, in which both combined arms and special forces units will be involved, is to test the combat readiness of troops, the interaction of various forces and assets, the ability to control the operational link, and the ability to act quickly in the current situation.
Training in fire control of units will be conducted with a drawing of operational-tactical episodes, including live firing, the Defense Ministry said.
Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the military exercises of Azerbaijan do not pose risks to stability and security in the region, they are of a planned nature.
“According to the information we have, these exercises are of a planned nature, aimed at improving the combat training of troops and do not create risks to stability and security in the region,” Zakharova said at a briefing.