Zakir Hasanov: Armenia realized once again that Azerbaijan is now real military power

Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov has held a meeting at the Central House of Officers with young officers undergoing training on relevant military specialties, the defense ministry told APA on Saturday.

Speaking about the tasks ahead, the minister said the country’s leadership in the first place aims to liberate our occupied territories by further strengthening the combat capabilities of the Armed Forces.

Recalling President Ilham Aliyev’s statements “The war is not over, it continues and we should liberate our occupied territories by all means,” Minister Hasanov told the young officers who will soon be assigned to military units that their main duty is to mobilize the personnel who are under their command to fulfill this important task.

“Instilling military skills and patriotism in the personnel, you have to be able to mobilize them to fight with the enemy forces at any time. Remember, if our occupied territories are not liberated, the army should be ready for war at any moment. Azerbaijan’s combat power is gradually increasing thanks to the support from the state and the people. Our armed forces are equipped with modern military equipment, new tanks and armored military vehicles. However, these modern weapons and equipment need to be used skillfully,” the minister added.

As for the escalation of the situation on the front line in last summer and this year, the defense minister noted that in this period our army has once again proven its combat power.

Recalling President Ilham Aliyev’s remarks during an official reception on the occasion of Republic Day, the minitser said, “Since last summer, the Azerbaijani army has secured full advantage on the contact line, inflicting on the enemy several crushing blows. Today, the Armenian government already recognizes that it is impossible to resist Azerbaijan without outside assistance. We always say to them: if you do not want to die, then leave Nagorno-Karabakh and other occupied lands. Otherwise, Armenia will continue to live in constant fear, anxiety, hysteria and panic, and a day will come and the Azerbaijani army will say what it has to say,” adding that after suffering heavy losses Armenia once again realized that Azerbaijan has become a real military power.

The minister underlined the attention and care of the state to the Armed Forces, noting that in the modern period, funds on a significant scale are allocated from the country’s military budget to the social sphere.

At the end of his speech, Minister Hasanov wished the young officers success and expressed confidence that the knowledge they gained will contribute to further strengthening the country’s defense capacity.

The minister then responded to the young officers’ questions and gave his instructions and recommendations.