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SERGEY KURGINYAN: ‘ARMENIANS IN SUMGAYIT WERE NOT KILLED BY AZERBAIJANIS’

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Russian political scientist of Armenian origin, the leader of the movement ‘The essence of time,’ Sergey Kurginyan expressed his opinion on the events in Sumgayit 30 years ago.

‘In the late 1980s, I arrived in Baku, where events unfolded that had absolutely nothing to do with the officialdom, or with what our democratic opposition advocated,’ Kurginyan said to the Vestnuk Kavkaza. ‘What exactly happened there? I can say with all responsibility that when Armenians were massacred in Sumgayit, mocking them and performing some ritual actions, it was done not by Azerbaijanians, but by outsiders, hired representatives of the international private organisations.’

We know these representatives by their names, we know the structures they worked for then and work for now. These people were killing Armenians, involving Azerbaijanis to do so, then they were killing Azerbaijanis, involving Armenians to do so, then confronted Armenians and Azerbaijanis. The uncontrolled tensions were starting to unveil. We saw it all, we saw who stood behind it.’

According to him, the picture was horrifying, but the most horrifying was the other thing: ‘The fact that democracy and liberal myths that had nothing to do with this were perceived as the ultimate truth, as something self-evident, as something absolutely correct, they had already controlled consciousness. All these viruses had already bitten into the consciousness, and the crowds fled in the right direction, towards their own death, to their own miseries, to their own ultimate ill-being, in which they later found themselves,’ said Kurginyan, a frequent guest of political talk shows on major Russian TV channels.

Kurginyan’s statement came at a time when Armenia again took an active part in attempts to present the tragic events in Sumgayit as an ‘Armenian genocide.’

It should be reminded that on February 22 the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic issued a joint statement in connection with the 30th anniversary of the Sumgayit events. It said that the riots in Sumgayit were a provocation against Azerbaijan, organised by the Armenian special services and the State Security Committee (KGB) of the USSR.

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Armenia provocation: Villages in Tovuz shelled

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Armenia committed provocation against civilians on the front line, informs the press-service of the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry.

Starting from the evening of September 14 until the morning of September 15, the units of the Armenian armed forces, using weapons of different calibre, including artillery mount, committed provocation on Tovuz, Terter and Aghdam directions.

The enemy, in particular, subjected to fire the positions of the Azerbaijan Army, stationed in the direction of the villages of Munjuglu, Kokhanebi, Asrik Jirdakhan and Garalar of Tovuz region, as well as civilians living in these villages.

There are no casualties among servicemen and the population of Azerbaijan. Damage has been caused to several houses, property of the population and civil infrastructure.

The implementation of such provocative actions by Armenian side on the eve of the significant events and holidays celebrated in Azerbaijan is purposeful.

The Ministry of Defence reports that as a result of urgent retaliatory actions undertaken by the units of the Azerbaijan Army, the enemy’s activity was suppressed. The military-political leadership of Armenia bears all responsibility for the destruction and losses of the enemy.

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Azerbaijani Army prepares for offensive in Karabakh (Large-scale exercises)

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In accordance with the plan approved by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev, large-scale operational-tactical exercises with the participation of various military branches of troops, Army Corpses, and formations of the Azerbaijan Army will be held under the supervision of the Minister of Defence, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov from 17th to 22nd of September.

As informs the press-service of the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry. the exercises will involve more than 20,000 military personnel, more than 200 tanks and other armoured vehicles, more than 120 rocket and artillery mounts of different calibre, multiple launch rocket systems, and mortars, up to 10 fighter jets and bomber aircraft, up to 20 army aviation units for various purposes.

In the course of the exercises, the issues of the tank breakthrough of the enemy’s echeloned defence in several directions, the crushing defeat of armed groups and forward units of Armenia in the territory of Karabakh will be worked out, tasks will be fulfilled for the liberation of the occupied territories by the destruction of military and strategic facilities located on the territory of the enemy by rocket-artillery and air strikes.

The military personnel’s possession skills of the military equipment and weapons that have been adopted into the armament of the Azerbaijan Army over the past year will also be checked.

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Pashinyan speaks of annexing Karabakh to Armenia

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During a meeting with Armenian businessmen in Moscow, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated that the so-called ‘Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’ (‘NKR’) in the future will have to become a full-fledged part of the Armenian territory. This is reported by Regnum news agency.

According to him, Armenia is not ready to make concessions on disputes with Azerbaijan about the territorial affiliation of Nagorno-Karabakh.

He also noted that ‘any concessions in this context will be perceived as nothing else but weakness,’ and that ‘the position on the territorial belonging of the region is immutable.’

This is a new statement by Nikol Pashin and another political adventure. Earlier, the Armenian PM stated that Armenia was not going to negotiate on behalf of ‘NKR’ and insisted that Karabakh separatists be recognised as a party to the conflict.

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