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Czech haubizes delivered to Azerbaijan by a third party, Defense Minister says
2019-04-09 20:09:24

Karen Ghazaryan
Public Radio of Armenia

Armenian Defense Minister David Tonoyan and his Czech counterpart Lubomir Metnar today inked a military-technical agreement between the Republic of Armenia and the Czech Republic.

The document outlines the spheres of bilateral interes, the format and procedures of cooperation, Minister Tonoyan told a joint press conference with the visiting Defense Minister of the Czech Republic.  

Tonoyan said the Armenian-Czech bilateral defense cooperation dates back to 2010, when the parties signed an agreement on military cooperation, and is anchored on high-level political relations, friendship between peoples, mutual understanding and comshared values and approaches.

Asked about the supply of DANA howitzers of Czech production to Azerbaijan, Minister Metnar said the delivery has been carried out by a third party.

He stressed that the Czech Republic strongly complies with international commitments and demands of the local legislation and keeps the licensing of exports under clear control.

“We fulfill all demands of the international embargo and do not provide any licenses for the supplies to Azerbaijan,” he said.

Lubomir Metnar noted that Armenia is an important partner for the czech Republic in the South Caucasus. He also hailed Armenia’s participation in NATO-led peacekeeping missions.