Consequences of the shelling during the Karabakh conflict in the fall of 2020. Photo by Aziz Karimov for the "Caucasian Knot"

07 April 2021, 20:28

Azerbaijan: activists demand explanations from Moscow on use of "Iskanders" in Karabakh

A group of Azerbaijani journalists and bloggers has demanded from the Russian party to officially comment on the use of "Iskander" missile complexes in the recent Karabakh hostilities, as well as to investigate the use thereof in shelling of Shusha.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in late March, Azerbaijani sappers informed that during demining Shusha, they found fragments of two exploded "Iskander" missiles. The scandal around these missile complexes can seriously damage Moscow's image as a mediator in the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, experts in Baku have noted.

On February 23, Nikol Pashinyan, while commenting on the words of President Serzh Sargsyan about the need to use missile complexes in the first days of the autumn aggravation of the Karabakh conflict, treated the "Iskanders" purchased from Russia as combat incapable.

The above activists have noted that the modification of "Iskanders, whose missile fragments were found in Shusha, cannot be exported and are used only by the Russian Army, the "Report.az" reports.

The appeal to the Russian Embassy to Azerbaijan was signed by 26 persons.

Earlier, analysts noted that if "Iskanders" made for the Russian Army had been supplied to Armenia, this was a violation of Russia's international obligations. At the same time, it is likely that Armenian militaries used them at the end of the war "out of despair," since there was no need to use these particular complexes in that situation.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on April 7, 2021 at 10:18 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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