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FSB launched investigation into illegal deliveries of Iskander-M from Russia to Armenia (Azeri Daily from Moscow)

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BY YULIA MEDVEDEVA, MOSCOW, EXCLUSIVELY FOR AZERI DAILY

Department of Military Counterintelligence of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia has launched an investigation into the appearance of unreported Iskander-M missiles in Armenia and their use in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The illegal acquisition of Iskander-M from warehouses of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation, their illegal delivery to Armenia and payment for this operation through Lebanese and Russian banks is a situation that requires extremely harsh responses from the Russian military and special services.

An official investigation by the Russian Ministry of Defence, launched in October last year, into the involvement of military officials in illegal arms shipments to Armenia, which followed Ilham Aliyev's statement about the ongoing smuggling of arms to the Armenian side, led to shocking results.

Illegal acquisition of Iskander-M missiles from the warehouses of the Southern Military District has been revealed

Suspicious invoices in the warehouses of missile and artillery weapons of the district, completely inexplicable flights of military transport aircraft in the direction of Armenia and, finally, the acquisition of an IL-76 by a Russian-based businessman Karen Karapetyan at residual value, shocked the Russian special forces.

Streams of messages from the territorial departments of the FSB about the transfer of mercenaries and weapons from Russia to Karabakh, about movements in the bank accounts of some officials merged into one information stream, the puzzle was formed.

'In the Southern Military District, the Armenian diaspora of Russia has formed a network of illegal arms supplies to Armenia bypassing the system of military-technical cooperation with the CSTO member state,' sources close to the Russian Defence Ministry told Azeri Daily correspondent. The activities of the Armenian diaspora and pro-Armenian lobbyists have crossed the red line where social and political activities end and that special section of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, which is about high treason, begins.

Anti-tank missile systems, MANPADS systems, charges for them, and even at least three Iskander missiles, not to mention mines, cartridges and small arms, left the warehouses of the Russian military districts on a relatively large scale.

And the accounts of the dummies received transfers from businessmen of Armenian origin from the Krasnoyarsk and Krasnodar Territories, the Tula and Oryol Regions, Moscow and St. Petersburg, even the Khabarovsk Territory. The list is impressive: shopping centres, supermarkets, construction offices and all kinds of Armenian owned enterprises in Russia were involved in these schemes.

It's a paradox, but all this failed to help Yerevan in defending the occupied territories. And the main reason is greed.

'This is the deal,' explained sources in the Russian military-industrial complex, familiar with the situation, in a confidential conversation to the author of these lines. 'They bought a lot, but they did not understand at all that any weapon, be it the Kornet, Igla or Iskander, is a complex that includes complex guidance, control systems, and so on, requiring high user competence. They saved on the difficult, thinking that they can just press the trigger and that's it.'

According to sources of Azeri Daily in Moscow, the leadership of the FSB and the Russian Defence Ministry presented to the country's leadership a report on the illegal deliveries of Iskander-M SRBM to Armenia.

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