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YEREVAN.- Military parade, marking the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s independence may become deterrent for Azerbaijan, said political analyst Stepan Grigoryan.

According to him, the parade was also a report about spending budget funds on military equipment presented to the Armenian society.

“Why not? Let Azerbaijan see our strength and calculate the losses in case it decides to resume hostilities,” he emphasized.

The expert stressed that Armenia must always take into account the geographical location. High level militarization is registered in the entire region, he added.

Grigoryan said we must show our military capability as it can become a deterrent for those who have any claims to Armenia.

Stepan Grigoryan also mentioned the fact that the first and second presidents of Armenia did not participate in celebrations.

“If we build a democratic state, everyone has the right to go anywhere or not, to take part in the festivities or not. In any case, I think they could participate. However, they are free people and make decisions themselves,” he said. 
Armenia’s first and second presidents refused to participate in the solemn events dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Armenia’s independence. Spokesperson for first President Levon Ter-Petrosyan, did not inform of the reasons, while Robert Kocharyan’s office said he would not attend the events as he would be out of the country.

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