All directions are in full control
Drastic, decisive steps may also be taken if required
Lieutenant General Levon Mnatsakanyan, the Minister of Defense of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, summed up the results of the first half of 2016 during a meeting with journalists.
According to him, the situation on the front line is rather quiet, and the border line is in full control in all directions.
The Minister ensured: “If we compare the situation before the well-known April incidents and the post-war period, then we can record that the cases of violation of the ceasefire regime have decreased two or three times”. During April military operations the armed forces of the Defense Army confidently fulfilled their military task by striking a well-deserved counter-stroke to the rival and making them draw back to the initial positions.
L. Mnatsakanyan considered as typical the “comparative quiet” on the border line and characterized as quiet and under control the situation on the whole, and also mentioned that the rival, however, does not stop gun-fires and often stimulates active reconnaissance actions. As an adequate response to initiatives of the rival, the Defense Army continues strengthening its positions and implementing large-scale engineering works. Taking into account the fact that the rival stimulates air and land reconnaissance in the front line using heavy armored equipment, infantry and air force, as well as carries out flights in the southern direction especially during the night hours, “our military units are always in constant fighting trim, as well as exercise great vigilance and watchfulness”.