YEREVAN. – It’s not quite fair to exchange two terrorists, two child-murderers with people who were lost. Artsrun Hovhannisyan, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense (MOD) of Armenia, stated this at a press conference on Friday.

He noted this when asked whether the two Azerbaijanis who are in prison in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) could be exchanged with the Armenians who are held captive in Azerbaijan.

“This is one side of the issue,” Hovhannisyan added. “[But] there is the other side: And who has said that they [Azerbaijan] agree to give back everyone (…) in exchange for that two? There have been discussions with them a thousand times on this second part. A thousand times we have suggested [to them] that, ‘you have missing [people], too, so do we. We can let you [find them],’ etc.

“But you forget that we are dealing with Azerbaijan. You forget that we don’t have a direct link with them; it’s a mediated link where what they think, how they think is very unpredictable.”