NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA: "VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS BANNED THE SALE OF FAVORIT ANTIAIRCRAFT MISSILE COMPLEX TO AZERBAIJAN"

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[ 30 January 2013 14:12 ]

Russia's President has taken this step due to Gabala Radar Station

Russian military expert: "Azerbaijan is capable of shooting down the
aircrafts that will use Khojaly airport"

Moscow. Farid Akberov - APA. Russia's President Vladimir Putin has
banned the sale of Favorite antiaircraft missile complex to Azerbaijan,
said Nezavisimaya Gazeta quoting a source at the Defense Ministry,
APA reports.

The source said Putin has taken this step following the negotiations
between Russia and Azerbaijan on prolongation of Gabala RLS lease-term
failed.

The newspaper has also commented on Azerbaijan's statement that
the aircrafts that will use Khojaly airport will be shot down. The
commentary says that two modern Favorit antiaircraft missile complexes,
which have no analogue in the world for some measures, sold by Russia
to Azerbaijan during Dmitry Medvedev's presidency in 2010 enable
Azerbaijan to shoot down aircrafts. Azerbaijan can easily shoot down
aircrafts flying from Khojaly airport. The performance characteristics
of this missile system allow controlling the sky over Nagorno Karabakh.

The air defense expert at the Russian Defense Ministry said that
system can shoot down any target accurately at a distance of 150 km.

It means that any aircraft that will use Khojaly airport can be shot
down by Favorit antiaircraft missile complex.

According to the expert, although Armenian defense minister Seyran
Ohanyan said "Armenia's air defense system can ensure the security
of its airspace", almost nothing can be done in case of use of Favorit.