Russian political scientist Modest Kolerov is impressed by the military parade in Yerevan on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s independence.
Military balance between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been restored, he told Tert.am. The Iskander missile system at Armenia’s disposal rules out any aggression by Azerbaijan. This is the most important result, Mr Kolerov said.
Asked if he has information on whether the Armenian armed forces had the Iskander, Smerch, Buk, missile systems at their disposal before the four-day hostilities, Mr Kolerov said:
“The Iskander systems were available earlier, but they have now officially been supplied to Armenia. And they are now military equipment at Armenia’s disposal.”
Interestingly, Armenian political scientists have voiced an opinion that Russia will not allow Armenia to use the missile systems in question in case of war with Azerbaijan.
But Mr Kolerov believes it is a myth.
Asked if Azerbaijan has Iskander systems at its disposal, Mr Kolerov said that Armenia is the world’s first country to be supplied with the missile system.
“Russia has not yet sold Iskander to any country. Armenia is the only exception.”
Asked if Iskander at Artmena’s disposal will prove a deterrent for Azerbaijan, Mr Kolerov said:
“If Armenia wants to check Azerbaijan’s aggression, it will do it.”