It is very worrying that the Armenian army, having committed aggression and invasion against Azerbaijan, has access to the British and French sniper rifles, the spokesperson noted. “Despite the Foreign Ministry’s expression of concern regarding the export of these sniper rifles to Armenia back on 25 April 2015, the manufacturing states have not clarified this issue,” he said.
However, France and the UK always state their compliance with the arms embargo imposed on both Armenia and Azerbaijan under the relevant decision of OSCE, stressed Hajiyev. “At the same time, there is a strict arms export control regime within the EU,” he added.
According to him, the views on deliveries of these arms to Armenia through third parties raise questions. “Thus, according to the export control regime, the exporter should be required the end-user certificate during export-import operations,” he said.
Azerbaijan reacts to French and British arms sales to Armenia
“France doesn’t export arms to the conflict parties, and it requires end user certificates to confirm that arms sent to third countries will not be re-exported in breach of the arms embargo,” said the embassy.
France doesn’t export arms to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict parties – embassyZoom
“As such we have never supplied weapons to any entity in the Republic of Armenia. We are aware of only one case, in which two individual rifles were exported from the UK legitimately, and then re-exported by a third party to Armenia, without our knowledge or consent,” said the embassy.
The embassy added that it has no evidence to suggest that there is any large scale supply of prohibited British weapons to Armenia by any party. “If there is any hard evidence of British weapons being supplied to Armenia, this should be shared with the UK Government and we would investigate it immediately,” said the embassy.
UK never supplied weapons to any entity in Armenia – embassyZoom