In the event of escalation of the conflict in Karabakh, Pakistan will stand with Azerbaijan and provide necessary aid. As reported in the Baku newspaper Echo, the assertion was made at a meeting with journalists by Adm. Shahid Karimullah, commander of the Pakistan navy. He added: 'We state it publicly here that we stand ready to sell weapons to Azerbaijan.'
Karimullah said Pakistan desires widened military cooperation with Azerbaijan and intends to conduct negotiations leading toward a step-up in training Azerbaijani military personnel in Pakistan army and navy units. At a meeting with Azerbaijan Defense Minister Safar Abiyev, Karimullah again emphasized that 'official Islamabad has always supported and will continue to support official Baku on all questions.'
The Kremlin is very concerned about the events related to the crash of the Il-20 Russian military aircraft in Syria