Does Armenia want war?
Baku/18.04.23/Turan: After the recent armed clashes on the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia on April 11, media outlets in both countries are publishing articles with mutual accusations, increasing the likelihood of war.
Armenian media reported that former Armenian parliament deputy Arman Abovyan called for mobilization. Videos were posted on Telegram channels showing Armenian children training in shooting at firing ranges.
Some Azerbaijani political and military experts are predicting a large-scale war on the border in the media.
In addition, a court in Yerevan decided to arrest Azerbaijani prisoners of war Agshin Babirov and Huseyn Akhundov. According to information released by the General Prosecutor's Office of Armenia, Agshin Babirov and Huseyn Akhundov are accused of illegally crossing the state border, smuggling, and illegal trafficking of weapons and ammunition in conspiracy with a group of individuals.
In connection with the burning of the flag of Azerbaijan during the opening ceremony of the European Weightlifting Championship in Yerevan on April 14, a criminal case has been initiated by the Investigative Department of the Prosecutor General's Office under articles 12.2, 283.2.1 (Incitement of national hatred and enmity with the use of violence), 12.2, 283.2.2 (Incitement of hatred and enmity with the use of violence by a person using their official position), 12.2, 324 (Desecration of the State flag of the Republic of Azerbaijan) of the Criminal Code.
What could this tension lead to? What is Armenia trying to achieve by taking such steps one after another?
Military expert Tarlan Eyyubov shares his assumptions on this issue in the program "Difficult Question".
According to him, Armenia currently does not have the strength for war with Azerbaijan and is not even considering it. "By electing a government that suffered defeat in the 44-day war, the citizens of Armenia essentially voted against war. I am convinced that sensible voters in Armenia are not supporters of war. Therefore, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has repeatedly stated Armenia's readiness to sign a peace agreement," Eyyubov said.
At the same time, he acknowledged that Armenians naturally have their own proposals for a peaceful settlement. "Naturally, over time, these proposals from the Armenian side have differed from those with which they initially came after the end of the war. And there are objective and subjective reasons for this," Eyyubov added.