Azerbaijani journalist appeal to Russian embassy in Baku

Azerbaijani journalists appealed to the Russian embassy in connection with the discovery of fragments of missiles from the Russian Iskander operational-tactical system in Shusha city, used by the Armenian Armed Forces during the 44-day war from late Sept. through early Nov.2020. 

The appeal said: “The discovery of missile fragments from the Russian Iskander tactical system in the city of Shusha is in the focus of attention of the Azerbaijani public. Employees of the Mine Action Agency of Azerbaijan discovered parts of a ballistic missile during the search and neutralization of mines and unexploded ordnance in the city of Shusha, liberated from the Armenian occupation. 

As the analysis of the identification number of the missile (9M723), preserved on the fragments, has shown, the Iskander-M OTRK was fired at the city of Shusha. The wreckage itself was discovered on March 15th. However, the Azerbaijani side announced that they belong to the Iskander-M system only after a comprehensive expert analysis. 

Earlier, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, the country’s ex-president Serzh Sargsyan, former chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Movses Hakobyan stated in Yerevan that Armenian Armed Forces fired the Russian Iskander systems at Azerbaijan,” reminded the journalists. “Nevertheless, the Russian Defense Ministry’s official representative Igor Konashenkov then categorically denied the use of Iskander in Karabakh, saying that according to the ministry’s objective and reliable information, confirmed by the objective control system, none of the missile systems of this type were used during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

However, now parts of missiles belonging to the Iskander-M system have been found in Shusha. This modification of the tactical missile system isn’t subject to export and is used by the Russian army,” said the journalists. “On April 2, Azerbaijani side stated that namely the Iskander-M missile fragments were discovered in Shusha. This news was widely covered by both Azerbaijani and foreign media. However, no clear and unambiguous official response from the Russian side has been voiced so far. We are surprised that the Russian Federation, represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense, and other structures, haven’t yet clarified how the Iskander-M missile could have been fired at the city of Shusha.

Of course, a full and comprehensive investigation of this fact takes time. However, there are no official statements even about its beginning, which causes serious bewilderment and concern of the Azerbaijani public. 

We hope that the Russian side will express its official position in the near future and officially announce the start of the investigation,” summed up the journalists."

The appeal was signed by the following media representatives:

1. Mir Shahin Aghayev, Head of REAL TV channel

2. Aflatun Amashov, Chairman of the Press Council

3. Rashad Majid, Editor-in-chief of ‘525-ci gazet’ newspaper

4. Eynulla Fatullayev, Editor-in-chief of Haqqin.az website

5. Mehriban Mammadova, Editor-in-chief of the main studio of news programs of AzTV channel

6. Orkhan Fikratoghlu, independent journalist

7. Elchin Mirzabayli, Editor-in-chief of the ‘People’s Front’ newspaper

8. Saadat Mammadova, Advisor to the President of ATV channel

9. Hamid Hamidov, blogger

10. Murad Huseynov, Deputy General Director of ITV channel

11. Mubariz Asgarov, independent journalist

12. Shakir Eminbayli, representative of the ‘Russia 24’ TV channel in Azerbaijan

13. Ilgar Mikayiloghlu, military expert at REAL TV channel

14. Lala Azertash, host of ‘Khazar’ TV channel

15. Emin Mousavi, Head of ASAN Radio Station

16. Rauf Arifoglu, Editor-in-Chief of the ‘Yeni Musavat’ newspaper

17. Elchin Shikhly, Editor-in-chief of the ‘Ayna-Zerkalo’ newspaper

18. Azer Garib, blogger

19. Tofig Abbasov, political expert of AzTV

20. Ali Hajizadeh, blogger, head of the ‘The Greater Middle East’ project

21. Vyacheslav Sapunov, blogger

22. Adalyat Verdiyev, blogger

23. Tofigakhanym Gasymova (Nurani), political expert of Minval.az website

24. Elchin Alioghlu, Editor-in-chief of Milli.az website

25. Vusal Mammadov, Editor-in-chief of Azvision.az website

26. Shakir Aghayev, Editor-in-chief of ‘Yeni zaman’ newspaper

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