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Armenia Sheds Light on Chances of Su-30 and Iskander Deployment Against Azerbaijan

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Su-30SM fighter jet. File photo - Sputnik International
The Armenian Defence Ministry previously warned that it could be forced to use weapons systems of greater range and destructive power after Azerbaijan resorted to a wide range of rocket systems and flame weapons in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has revealed whether Yerevan intends to deploy Iskander short-range ballistic missile systems and Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft against Azerbaijan in the wake of Baku's use of rocket systems and flame weapons in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenian soldiers of the self-proclaimed republic of Nagorno-Karabagh walk in trenches at the frontline on the border with Azerbaijan, on October 25, 2012. - Sputnik International
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Answering a question from the press, Pashinyan affirmed that the safety of Armenia and its citizens is a priority for the country.

"At the same time, our task is to prevent the exacerbation of the situation...and address issues pertaining to long-term stability", the head of the government told journalists.

Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan reached a boiling point after the two countries accused each other of military provocations and exchanges of fire with civilian casualties in the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenia and the internationally unrecognised republic introduced martial law and general mobilisations, while Azerbaijan declared partial martial law and a partial mobilisation.

The Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as the Republic of Artsakh, is a breakaway region with a predominantly Armenian population that proclaimed its independence from Azerbaijan in 1991 in a move opposed by Baku. This led to an armed conflict that concluded with a ceasefire agreement in 1994. 

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