Armenia not planning to attack anyone, higher defense spending is preparation for peace – says Pashinyan

 11:36, 16 November 2023

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 16, ARMENPRESS. Defense expenditures in Armenia under the 2024 budget will be doubled compared to 2018, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told lawmakers during debates of his administration’s budget request for next year.

“This is not a preparation for war, but for peace, because the sense of protection among our citizens is the most important guarantee for peace and stability,” Pashinyan said.

“I am convinced that all neighboring countries are sure that we don’t intend to attack anyone,” Pashinyan added.

He dismissed the concerns on the expenditures as dishonest, noting : “First of all, any sovereign state has not only the right but also the obligation to reform and strengthen its military, something we are doing. And secondly, in the last ten years, Azerbaijan’s defense spending was on an average three times higher than ours. And basically it remains the same,” Pashinyan said.

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS