By Tigran Avetisian
STEPANAKERT (RFE/RL) — The reported downing of an Azerbaijani spy drone over Nagorno Karabagh will restrain Baku’s appetite for another war with the Armenians, the Karabagh Armenian leadership said on Thursday.
Bako Sahakian, the president of the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic (NKR), also said through a spokesman that the reconnaissance flight allegedly carried out by the destroyed unmanned aircraft constituted a serious ceasefire violation.
“First of all, the [Azerbaijani] aggressor will now feel more restrained because the destruction of such military hardware also shows the extent of the technical sophistication of our army. That will certainly have a quite sobering impact on Baku’s behavior,” Sahakian’s press secretary, Davit Babayan, said.
The NKR Defense Army announced on Wednesday that its forces shot down the Azerbaijani drone while it flew a reconnaissance mission over Karabagh’s eastern Martuni district on Monday. The Armeniabacked army released several pictures of what it described as the drone wreckage. The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry denied that information late on Thursday. In a short statement cited by the Trend news agency, it said “Azerbaijan has nothing to do with an unmanned aerial vehicle
that crashed in Armenian-occupied Nagorno Karabagh.”