Yerevan /Mediamax/. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has stated in Baku that Moscow is not acting against Azerbaijan.
“We followed anxiously the events on the border with Armenia. We know about the concerns regarding our flights to our base. I want to state this at once: none of our actions have ever been or are aimed against Azerbaijan, our neighbor and partner. Russia is not interested in escalating the tension in the South Caucasus,” said Shoigu.
TASS reports that according to Sergei Shoigu, Russia is building structures of social purpose at its military base in Armenia.
“That implies certain light activity. The other part of the process is the conscription. Some soldiers had to be taken home, some others – brought to the base,” added the Defense Minister.
“I repeat: our actions have never been aimed against Azerbaijan and they are not aimed against it now,” he assured.
On August 12, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a phone conversation that he was concerned about the military deliveries to Armenia.
“Ilham Aliyev has noted that the volume of military cargo, delivered from Russia to Armenia through the air space of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran immediately after the clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijan border, exceeded 400 tons. He has underlined that the main goal of his call was to clarify that issue,” Aliyev’s press service said in a statement.