Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that Azerbaijan is buying new weapons and other military equipment, local media reported Saturday.
BAKU The violence in Nagorno-Karabakh, an Azerbaijani breakaway region with a predominantly Armenian population, escalated on April 2. Baku and Yerevan have accused each other of provoking hostilities that led to multiple deaths on both sides. The parties agreed on a ceasefire on April 5.
“We are buying military products from many countries. In other words, we are not dependent on a single source. In this area, as in all other areas, we are going to diversify our way. Of course, we must continue to try and will always try to supply Azerbaijan with the most up-to-date weapons and other military equipment. Azerbaijan has already started importing new types of weapons and other equipment,” Aliyev said, according to the Trend news agency.
According to Aliyev, Azerbaijan is currently in war, so military matters require the most attention.
“The army building will always remain our priority. Azerbaijani army is ready, it is able to perform any task.”
On June 20, Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandyan said that the trilateral meeting between the Armenian, Russian and Azerbaijani leaders on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement was constructive. Prior to the meeting, on June 19, Aliyev said that Azerbaijan hopes for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in 1988, when the autonomous region sought to secede from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, before the latter proclaimed independence with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The warring sides agreed to a cessation of hostilities in 1994.