Azerbaijan president says his army is the region’s most powerful; but Turkish newspaper says Armenia’s army is the most competent
The following article is reprinted with permission from PanARMENIAN.net, Yerevan.
Aliyev overestimates his army, threatens Armenia again
December 26, 2010
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev believes his army to be the most efficient in the region.
“We assign huge sums to army building and have great military potential. Our army is the most powerful in the region,” Aliyev said, adding that, nevertheless, the sides [Azerbaijan and Armenia] are trying to resolve the Karabakh problem through talks.
“Negotiations have produced no result so far and we should be ready for all. We purchase armament and train our soldiers to settle the conflict by the use of force if the talks fail,” he said.
At that, Aliyev noted that as long as Azerbaijani lands “are occupied, Armenia lives in fear.”
Meanwhile, Turkish Zaman daily views the Armenian army as the most efficient in the South Caucasus.
“Despite small territory and population, Armenia’s army is considered to be the most professional, efficient and competent in the region. Armenia never stops at what has been accomplished, planning new steps, with a 5-year army modernization plan among them.”
Reforms are being implemented in the light of possible Armenia-Azerbaijan collision. Armenia is closely cooperating with Russia in the defense sector: Russian military base deployment contract was extended. Arming in the country is in progress, and the fact shouldn’t be neglected by Armenia’s enemies,” the newspaper said.