IF AZERBAIJAN LAUNCHES OPERATION IN NAGORNO-KARABAKH, THE MILITARY BASE CAN BE INVOLVED IN THE CONFLICT

Azeri-Press news agency (APA)
October 31, 2013 Thursday

If Azerbaijan launches operation in Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian
military base in Armenia may be involved in the conflict, Commander
of 102nd Russian military base deployed in Gyumri, Armenia Colonel
Andrey Ruzinsky said in an interview with "Krasnaya Zvezda" official
newspaper of the Russian Defense Ministry.

Ruzinsky said that military-political situation in the region, for
which the military base responsible, is characterized by a number of
factors causing instability due to the possibility of confrontation
in the region of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.

"If the Azerbaijani authorities decide to restore the jurisdiction
over Nagorno Karabakh by force, the military base may enter into an
armed conflict in accordance with the legal obligations of the Russian
Federation within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty."

Ruzinsky noted that the military base is a compound that is ready
for immediate intervention: "Its structure includes 13 major combat
units and 17 units of comprehensive support. This force is able to
successfully fulfill the related tasks. I should add that the main
feature of the Russian military base in Armenia is anti-aircraft
missile battalion. It has been equipped with BUK-M1-2 anti-aircraft
complex, Smerch artillery battery and the air base with a squadron
of MiG- 29 warplanes.