In an interview with Armenpress, the EU's special representative for the crisis in the South Caucasus and Georgia, Toivo Klaar, spoke about Azerbaijan's criticism of arming Armenia.
"Well, I think that every country has the right to defend itself and to purchase the necessary weapons that it deems necessary for the defense of its territory. That’s my simple answer. Most countries in the world are purchasing weapons from abroad for the purpose of defending their territory. So, in that sense, there is nothing spectacular or wrong about this," Klaar said.
As for supporting Armenia within the framework of the European Peace Facility, Klaar clarified that it refers to support in areas where Armenia sees itself vulnerable, such as cyber security. The special representative of the European Union emphasized that it is not directed against anyone.
"We don't see this as being aimed against anybody but rather, for the purpose of strengthening Armenia’s sovereignty, which, I think, is in the interest of everyone, not only of Armenia, but also of Armenia’s neighbours and of the wider international community. We want to have a strong, self-confident Armenia that is a good partner to the European Union and is equally a good partner to its neighbours, including to Azerbaijan," Klaar stated.