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Azerbaijan Blames Greece And Cyprus For Selling French/German Missiles To Armenia
July 20, 2013 - 4:27pm, by Joshua Kucera
 

Azerbaijan has investigated reports of sales of French/German anti-tank missiles to Armenia, and has concluded that they were provided by Greece and Cyprus. Azerbaijan news agency APA reports, citing unnamed military officials:

    The investigations carried out by Azerbaijan have revealed that Armenia has purchased anti-tank missiles and a lot of machine-guns and grenade throwers from Greece and Cyprus in the past two years. According to the obtained reports, Armenia has purchased more than 20 MILAN missiles from Greece. The missiles have been reportedly sold from the arsenal of Greek armed forces.

For its part, the Greek embassy in Baku has denied the claim.

Shortly thereafter, APA reported that Azerbaijan itself had bought anti-tank missiles from Ukraine last year. Ukraine, in theory, is subject to the same sanctions as France and Germany are: the sanctions are imposed by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, of which Ukraine is a member, too. But the sanctions obviously are enforced only by certain OSCE members.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Armenia has yet to comment on the issue.

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Embassy: “Greece has not sold anti-tank missiles to Armenia”
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2013, 08:57:53 AM »
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 Embassy: “Greece has not sold anti-tank missiles to Armenia”

[ 17 July 2013 19:29 ]


Baku. Anakhanim Hidayatova – APA. Greek Embassy in Azerbaijan has commented on the reports regarding the sale of MILAN anti-tank light infantry missiles to Armenia by Greece and Cyprus. The Embassy told APA that Greece had not sold anti-tank missiles to Armenia.

The investigations carried out by Azerbaijan have revealed that Armenia has purchased anti-tank missiles and a lot of machine-guns and grenade throwers from Greece and Cyprus in the past two years. According to the obtained reports, Armenia has purchased more than 20 MILAN missiles from Greece. The missiles have been reportedly sold from the arsenal of Greek armed forces.

 

APA reported that Armenian Razm.info military website released photos of MILAN anti-tank missile systems bought by Armenia on July 1.

 

Lightweight MILAN (Missile d´Infanterie Léger Antichar) anti-tank missile systems are co-produced by France and Germany. MILAN has been produced since 1962 and the effective range of fire of the missile is 75-2000 meters.

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Azerbaijan Objects to Armenian Acquisition of European Missiles
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2013, 08:59:28 AM »
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Azerbaijan Objects to Armenian Acquisition of European Missiles
July 14, 2013 - 9:30am, by Joshua Kucera

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Azerbaijan is complaining about reports that Armenia has required French/German anti-tank missiles in apparent violation of European sanctions against the two countries. The controversy began when an Armenian website published photos of an Armenian Ministroy of Defense exposition last year. On display, apparently, was a MILAN anti-tank missile, jointly produced by France and Germany.

And Azerbaijan has objected, reports APA: "The embassies of [France and Germany] in Azerbaijan were demanded to clarify how these countries that imposed an embargo on the sale of weapons to the conflicting parties could deliver these systems to Armenia."

Both the French and German ambassadors have responded publicly, saying they didn't do it. The French ambassador:

    “I have no precise information about this sale which is very highly improbable, because the export of military equipment would be in contradiction with these sanctions. The French side is now investigating the information and the source it came from.”

And the German ambassador:

    "Germany is in compliance with OSCE embargoes on arms sales to Armenia and Azerbaijan. Exports of military equipment would be contrary to the sanctions. The federal government doesn’t have additional information," the embassy said.

Meanwhile, the Armenian Ministry of Defense is staying quiet on the matter.

The Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe maintains arms sanctions on both Armenia and Azerbaijan, though obviously given that Russia is an OSCE member, they are not watertight. The MILAN has been produced since 1972 and is in service among at least 30 countries all over the world, including Libya, Iraq, and Chad. So it seems very likely that there are a number of these things floating around on the black market, and that Armenia would have gotten them that way rather than directly from Europe.

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French Ambassador: “The information on MILAN anti-tank missile systems sold to Armenia is being investigated”





[ 04 July 2013 11:47 ]
“Germany and France apply the OSCE weapon embargo towards Armenia and Azerbaijan”

Baku. Victoria Dementyeva – APA. “Germany and France apply the OSCE weapon embargo towards Armenia and Azerbaijan,” French ambassador to Azerbaijan Pascal Monye said in response to a question raised by APA concerning article published on the Armenian website about MILAN anti-tank missile systems sold to Armenia.

 “I have no precise information about this sale which is very highly improbable, because the export of military equipment would be in contradiction with these sanctions. The French side is now investigating the information and the source it came from.”

 Armenian razm.info military website released photos of MILAN anti-tank missile systems bought by Armenia. But information about the number of the missile systems and where they were bought from was not given. MILAN anti-tank missile systems are co-produced by France and Germany. MILAN has been produced since 1962 and the effective range of fire of the missile is 75-2000 meters.