[..]Russia announced during the following weeks that it would be deploying more Mi-24 helicopters to its airbase in Armenia. In February, more MiG-29s and a Mi-8MT arrived to Erebuni airbase, adding to the aircraft and military vehicles already deployed to the country. Moscow also concluded an air-defense agreement with Armenia, which has been under discussion for some time.
The Azerbaijan-Armenia dispute is not rooted in proxy conflict between Russia and Turkey. Though Russia is far more supportive of Armenia, it has not excluded itself from contacts with Azerbaijan. The overwhelming majority of Azeri arms come from Russia and their arms trade was valued at $4 billion in 2013. In 2010, news broke that Azerbaijan was negotiating with Rosoboronexport for the purchase of the S-300 air-defense system. Analysis by Bellingcat, citing satellite imagery from 2012, indicates that the system has been sold to and is operational with Azerbaijan, near the capital, Baku.[..]
vara bungas: mokoši cenšos atcerēties, kur vēl skanēja teksts “armēņiem mēs jūtam līdzi, bet bizness mums ar azerbaidžāņiem”. Izbrīna RU attieksme, ka nesteidz iejaukties konfliktā, ja tā turpināsies, RU var nonākt situācijā, kad pašu ražotie S-300 apdraudēs pašu ekspluatējamos MiG-29, ja nebūs parūpējušies padarīt neatslēdzamu “friend or foe” atpazīšanas sistēmu. Nespaskaužama AM situācija, ES neko nevar, Izraēla atbalsta tikai maksātspējīgos, atkal visas cerības uz US.
[..] Spike” anti-tank missile systems have been test fired off the Azerbaijan coast on the Shaldag MK patrol boats. These are a fourth generation missile made in Israel – one of the most advanced fire-and-forget systems that leave Armenian anti-tank missile systems a generation behind. These systems have only been showcased on the coast and not yet spotted on the frontline. Bellingcat will keep an eye on available imagery close to the frontline. This new weapon system is a major concern for Armenia, and fourth generation equipment in Azerbaijan’s inventory is a wakeup call for the Armenian military. Azerbaijan’s advances have been prompt and the acquisition of relevant technology is moving at a decent pace. Taking into consideration Armenia’s passivity in regard to technological advances, Azerbaijan has closed the gap and has far exceeded Armenia’s military strength. [..]
PS bonusam īss un kodolīgs konflikta vēstures atstāsts