Azerbaijani journalists and bloggers wanted to get an explanation from Russia about the discovery in Nagorno-Karabakh of missile debris from the Iskander operational-tactical missile systems (OTRK). This was announced on Wednesday, April 7, according to SM News.
As the newspaper notes, the corresponding requirement is contained in the appeal prepared by the activists, which is addressed to the Russian Embassy in Azerbaijan. It was signed by 28 representatives of the country’s media space.
Thus, the journalists noted that at present this topic is of great interest to the Azerbaijani public. Against this background, it would be highly desirable for Russian diplomats to state their official position on this issue, the authors of the appeal believe.
They also recalled that earlier the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan admitted the fact of the use of Iskander during the Karabakh conflict, however, the fragments of the missiles found belong to the modification that is only in service with the Russian army and is not exported.
Earlier on April 7, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin still does not have information about the fragments of Iskander missiles found in Nagorno-Karabakh.
On April 2, the Azerbaijan Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) reported that it had found fragments of Iskander missiles on the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. It was noted that the fragments were found in the city of Shusha on March 15, 2021 while clearing the territories from mines. Later, the Azerbaijani authorities published a photo of the discovered wreckage, which, in particular, showed the tail parts of the missiles and fragments with markings in Russian. Prior to that, the Russian Defense Ministry stated that during the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Iskanders were not used, and the entire ammunition stock of missiles is in the military warehouses of Armenia.