Former vice-chairman of the Committee of Defense and Security of the Russian State Duma, Viktor Volodatski, has stated that Russia will not sell Iskander missiles to Azerbaijan.
Commenting on the Azerbaijani concerns over the sale of Iskander missile systems to Armenia, Volodatski said:
“I just recently started working in the Committee on CIS Affairs & Eurasian Integration and Relations. I was vice-chairman of the Committee of Defense and I am well informed of our military and industrial complex. Armenia is the only country we have sold Iskander to and it will not be sold to any other country,”
“We cannot make good cars, but we can make good missiles. It is clear we supply weapons to many countries, including Azerbaijan. But we are not selling offensive weapons to them. I know the weapons will never be used in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.” added Volodatski.
Asked if Armenia could use Iskander without Russia’s permission, Volodatski said:
“It is Armenia’s property. If anyone buys a tie from me, I cannot tell them to wear it on Mondays, but not on Tuesdays.”