Azerbaijan: Aliyev highlights Baku's boosted military; Yerevan concerned
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||26 June 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Azerbaijan: Aliyev highlights Baku's boosted military; Yerevan concerned, 26 June 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/51e79b6012.html [accessed 29 August 2016]|
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June 26, 2013
Azerbaijani troops participate in a military parade in Baku on June 26.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev says his country will continue to increase its military strength until the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Armenia is resolved.
Speaking at a military parade in Baku on June 26, Aliyev said Azerbaijan's military budget in 2003 was $163 million while now it is $3.7 billion.
Aliyev noted that archrival Armenia's total national budget is about $2 billion.
Armenian Defense Minister Seiran Ohanian said in Yerevan that his country was concerned by Azerbaijan's arms buildup.
Ohanian stressed the "importance of Armenian-Russian ties," adding that Yerevan did not plan to join what he called "a regional arms race."
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a dispute over Azerbaijan's mainly Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh region for more than two decades. The disputed area is controlled by Yerevan.
Based on reporting by Apa.az, Interfax, and Panarmenian.net