Medvedev: If Russia stopped supplying arms to Azerbaijan and Armenia, they would get them elsewhere

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev explained the supplies of Russian weapons to Armenia and Azerbaijan, stating that if Moscow abandons these sales, the situation in the region will become more complicated. Medvedev said this during the weekly “Vesti on Saturday” program on April 9th.

“If we imagine for a minute that Russia declined playing this role, we are accurately aware that this place would not be empty,” the Prime Minister stated, meaning that Armenia and Azerbaijan would continue to purchase weapons from other countries.

“I believe that weapons can and should be purchased not only so that it can be used someday but in order for it to be used as a deterrent,” Medvedev stated.

Recently, fighting broke out between the Azerbaijani military and Armenian-backed forces in the contested region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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