YEREVAN. – Today we have an army, which, at this moment fulfilling the tasks set before it, will become the army left to us by [the late Supreme Commander and statesman] Vazgen Sargsyan. Andranik Kocharyan—Chair of the Standing Committee on Defense and Security of the National Assembly (NA) of Armenia and an MP of the ruling majority "Civil Contract" Faction in the NA—told this to reporters at Yerablur Military Pantheon in Yerevan Friday—on Army Day.

"But for that, we must all unite our goals and get out of the situation, as a result of which we had failures, defeats in the 44-day war [in the fall of 2020]. For that, we must make a reality what is noted in the government's program: to build the army that must be equipped with modern weapons, intellectual capabilities, and invulnerable from the viewpoint of fulfilling the tasks set before it," Kocharyan said.

To the question whether today Armenia is able to acquire proper military equipment to counteract the adversary, he answered: "What do you think? Is that work possible without it? By always solving such problems, we must finally fulfill the tasks set in the government's program. For that, everyone should invest what opportunities they have for the benefit of our country's security."

January 28 marks the 30th anniversary of the Armenian Armed Forces, but it is virtually not celebrated today. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has contracted the coronavirus and self-isolated. Most of the high-ranking officers of the army General Staff, who had attended the recent wedding of Minister of Defense Suren Papikyan, are in the same situation.