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Armenia has a very good army. The armies of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh are copies of the Soviet army with its best traditions, Igor Korotchenko, a member of the Public Council, Russian Ministry of Defense, Editor-in-Chief of the National Defense magazine, said in an interview with Golos Rossii (Voice of Russia) radio. As regards the most efficient armies of the former USSR, he also named the armies of Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Korotchenko stressed that Azerbaijan`s military budget is larger in terms of the budget/GDP ratio now than the Georgia military budget in 2008. However, the Azerbaijani army is inferior to the Armenian army in terms of moral and efficiency despite the fact the Azerbaijani army is technically better equipped.

A rather risky situation may develop. Baku may resort to a military settlement of the conflict due to the fact that its army is formally better equipped, the expert said.

As regards the possibility of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, the expert does not rule it out. However, neither Turkey nor NATO, or  Russia or the United States needs a military conflict in the region. "We do not need a new Armenian-Azerbaijani war," the expert said.

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