The statement is contained in the article by Vladimir Mukhin “Karabakh missile defence roulette’ published in the Nezavisimaya Gazeta.
The material says that Baku has gained that opportunity after Moscow sold two divisions of modern, having no analogues Favorit rocket systems by the decision of the then-president of Russia Dmitriy Medvedev in 2010 after it declined the relevant contract with Iran.
“These systems are capable of controlling the sky over the territory of Nagorno Karabakh”, the article says.
The expert officer for missile defence systems of the Russian defence Ministry told the newspaper that the ‘zenith-rocket complex S-300 PMU2 Favorit has almost the 100% potential of hitting an air target at a distance of up to 150 km with two rockets.
That is any civil aircraft that appears over Karabakh, if it is in the area of the system and if there is the due instruction it will be terminated by Favorit”, the article says.
Meanwhile, the officer doubted the recent statement of the Defence Minister of Armenia Seyran Ohansyan that the ‘Armenian missile defence will be able to ensure full security of civil airplanes which will probably operate flights from Yerevan to Stepanakert (Khankandi-ed.).
“The Armenian missile defence is able to protect the territory from the combat aviation of a potential enemy. But Favorit makes it absolutely impossible”, the expert says.
“The sources in the Russian Defence Ministry report that the representatives of the Russian delegation recommended not to start air flights over the territory of Karabakh”, the material says.