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Armenia to purchase weapons from France for defense of its skies

Armenia to purchase weapons from France for defense of its skies French Minister of Defense Sébastien Lecornu (photo: Getty Images)

French manufacturers are ready to sell Armenia anti-aircraft defense equipment, states the French Minister of Defense, Sébastien Lecornu.

The minister stated that he will meet with his Armenian counterpart, Suren Papikyan.

According to him, they plan to officially finalize Armenia's purchase of "a certain amount of weaponry from French manufacturers," including signing an agreement that will allow Yerevan to "protect its airspace."

"It is very important to give Armenia the ability to protect its civilian population and secure its borders," said Lecornu.

However, he did not provide more details.

Situation around Nagorno-Karabakh

On September 19 and 20, Azerbaijan conducted "local anti-terrorist operations" in Nagorno-Karabakh. Baku claimed to have achieved its goals in the region and restored its territorial integrity. However, Armenia refused to redeploy its army to the region.

Later, Pashinyan acknowledged Azerbaijan's territory to be 86,600 square kilometers, including Nagorno-Karabakh.

On October 9, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stated that he was ready to conclude a peace agreement with Armenia in the Georgian capital, Baku.

At the same time, according to Politico, Azerbaijan may invade Armenia in the coming weeks.