There is a stable military-political balance between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan that is presently one of the key elements of stability in the Karabakh conflict zone, NKR President Bako Sahakyan said in an interview with Interfax news agency.
Commenting on the situation at the border, the NKR President noted that the Azerbaijani side violates ceasefire regime from time to time, adding that such violations cannot change the existing balance of forces and undermine the spirit of Karabakh people.
He stressed that Karabakh regularly makes proposals on certain confidence-building measures. For instance, it offered to remove snipers from the contact line, but Azerbaijan torpedoes any suggestions.
According to him, resumption of hostilities should not be ruled out particularly in the context of Azerbaijan’s belligerence and anti-Armenian propaganda. However, Bako Sahakyan deems that war is unlikely to resume. Firstly, there is an efficient balance of forces between the sides. Secondly, war is fraught with unpredictable consequences, he emphasized.
Bako Sahakyan also spoke of combat readiness of NKR Defense Army, stressing that the Karabakh armed forces are capable of not only repelling possible aggression by Azerbaijan but also taking hostilities deep into aggressor’s territory.
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