Russia’s military hardware sale to Baku “just business” - CSTO chief

Russia’s military hardware sale to Baku “just business” - CSTO chief

PanARMENIAN.Net - CSTO Secretary General called Russia’s sale of military hardware to Azerbaijan “just business.”

“Russia is a major manufacturer and supplier of military hardware, selling weaponry to a dozens of countries. It’s just business. However, while selling weaponry to non-members of the OSCE, were guided by a principle of a regional parity preservation,” Nikolay Bordyuzha told journalists in Yerevan.

According to earlier reports, Russia started deliveries of military hardware, including tanks and armored vehicles to Azerbaijan.

The deal is estimated at $700mln-$1bln, Vedomosti newspaper reported citing sources in the Russian defense industry.

According to the paper, the deliveries started in spring 2013 but no official commented on the deal, which envisages provision of 94 tanks T-90S, 100 armored vehicles as well as flame-throwers, smirch rocket launchers and big guns. At the same time, the equipment essential for their maintenance will also be delivered.

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