Pashinyan Confirms Armenia Purchased Russia's Su-30 Fighters Without Missiles in 2020
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan confirmed that Yerevan had purchased Russian Su-30SM fighters without missiles back in May 2020, months before the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Sputnik reports.
"Yes, we bought the fighter, it was delivered in May  and yes, we did not have time to buy the missiles before the war [in Karabakh]. Would you buy planes so that we could buy missiles? Why did the 26-year-old state [Armenia] not have fighters?" Pashinyan said at a Saturday meeting with residents of the country's Aragatsotn region.
Former Chief of Armenia's army General Staff Movses Hakobyan said in November that the fighters were without missiles intended for them, as Russia prohibits the sale of missiles for the Su-30SM to other countries. The Armenian authorities remained silent about this matter until recently.