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Moscow responds to Iskanders... unconvincingly (Our reaction)

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BY ELNUR EMINOGLU, AZERI DAILY AUTHOR

Iskander missiles launched by the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan into the virtual space shook the public institutions in the capitals of the region. The fragments of the exploded rocket flew to the towers of the Kremlin, to the walls of the Presidential Administration in Baku and shattered the windows in the office of the revolutionary prime minister himself. At first, no one took seriously this information, or the judgments of the talkative prime minister from Yerevan's Theatre Square. Pashinyan was also publicly ridiculed on the opposition Manukyan's Square. But most of all, the prime minister's sharp philippics on the exploded missile of strategic export weapons touched the honour of the Russian uniform. However…

The main thing is that the sediment does not remain like fragments of a rocket in Baku

An unexpected find, as we wrote earlier, of the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) in Shusha turned all the minds of the capitals' elites in the region. At the beginning, the agency staff casually mentioned the fragments of the 'formidable cuckold' in the backyard in Shusha. And on the eve of 2 April, on the territory of the Baku plant 'Azerlandshaft,' journalists were shown with their own eyes the remains, in the words of Pashinyan, of 'a formidable weapon that exploded by 10 per cent.' The matter took more than a serious turn. The journalists who unexpectedly refreshed their memory also recalled the statements after the end of hostilities by former President Serzh Sargsyan, as well as former Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Army Movses Hakobyan. After all, Pashinyan's opponents have loudly spoken out about the use of formidable Iskander missiles against Azerbaijan. But in a slightly different context than Pashinyan. The opponents of the Armenian prime minister blamed the head of the Armenian government for the mediocre management of hostilities, having spoken about the presence and use of such a fierce and sinister weapon of retaliation.

Peskov himself spoke about the 'Shusha find'

In those minutes, when Azerbaijani journalists scrupulously examined the missile that exploded by 10 per cent through a magnifying glass, the officials of the Kremlin administration broke their vow of silence. The irrefutable material evidence was not answered by representatives of the Russian Ministry of Defence, who had previously denied Pashinyan's statement. The Kremlin itself answered. Through the mouth of Peskov. The spokesman for the Russian leader once again stated that Iskander missiles were not used during the escalation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh in the autumn of 2020. 'This [not using] has been confirmed.' At the same time, Peskov found it difficult to answer the question of whether the leadership of the Ministry of Defence reported to President Putin about the discovery of the Azerbaijani military. In addition, the Kremlin spokesman made a reservation that this is new information. And the prerogative of the report belongs to the leadership of the military department.

Until the end of the working day, the journalists were waiting for the comment of the Russian Defence Ministry. But Shoigu's department did not say a word.

Nevertheless, another affirmative statement was made in Baku. At a briefing, Colonel Idris Ismayilov, chief of the operational headquarters of ANAMA, confirmed the facts given in our last publication. 'The missile at Shusha was fired from the Iskander-M operational-tactical missile system (SRBM). Index 9M723 was found on the missile wreck found in Shusha. Thus, it became known that this missile was fired from the Iskander SRBM. Its fragments were found at a distance of 780 metres from each other. Based on the results of the last analysis, we came to the conclusion that the missile was fired from the Iskander-M. Research is ongoing in the area of ​​its fall,' said Idris Ismayilov.

Taken by surprise by the official statement from Baku, Armenian journalists turned to David Tonoyan, the Armenian Defence Minister during the Second Karabakh War, for a comment. D. Tonoyan avoided answering, referring to state secrets. But he let slip that he was ready to tell the truth at a closed government meeting. If need be. In the event of an official investigation.

The use of Iskander was indirectly confirmed by David Tonoyan

In fact, Tonoyan indirectly confirmed the use of destructive weapons against Azerbaijan.

By and large, for Azerbaijan there is nothing surprising about the supply of Iskander SRBM to Armenia. This was not some kind of secret or classified information, if only because the Iskanders were shown, and more than once, during military parades in Yerevan. And Russia did not hide the fact of the delivery of operational-tactical complexes to Armenia, as well as the export of other types of weapons to Azerbaijan. A country in a state of war purchases weapons from various countries with the very purpose of ever successfully using it in hostilities. All these years, in the light of torpedoing peace efforts in the format of settlement within the framework of the Minsk Group, Azerbaijan was ready for the worst scenario of the development of the situation, namely, the resumption of war. Therefore, Azerbaijan strengthened its air defence and missile defence with innovative preventive Israeli weapons capable of deterring missile attacks from SRBM. As the recent hostilities have shown, Azerbaijan was not mistaken in its calculations and forecasts. Armenia nevertheless used a strategic weapon, which did not contain, no matter how pompous it may sound, the warlike spirit and heroic self-sacrifice of the Azerbaijani soldier.

And in Baku, they ask themselves the question - why, to this day, in Moscow, unlike Yerevan and the office of the main Armenian 'Sorosite' Prime Minister Pashinyan, they refute the iron and convincing facts of the use of formidable weapons? Or they answer unconvincingly, as Peskov did on the eve. The Iskander, named after Alexander the Great, is, of course, a great weapon, but why break chairs? Well, they fired, well, it didn't work, well, they missed... It happens. The main thing is that the sediment does not remain. Like fragments on the territory of 'Azerlandschaft.'

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