YEREVAN, January 18. / ARKA /. In 2012 Armenian armed forces rebuffed successfully all the provocations of the enemy, Armenian defense minister Seyran Ohanyan, said today. He said the personnel performed the combat tasks with least losses, preventing the penetration of sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the enemy.
He said the past year was marked by an extremely tense situation on the line of contact between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops. He added that the Azeri armed forces conducted subversive acts not only against Nagorno-Karabakh forces, but also against Armenian troops on the north of the country.
The minister said this prompted Armenian military command to improve the engineering structures along the border, revise combating sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the enemy, improve combat tactics and so on.
"We held several military exercises with the participation of small units to improve their combat skills," he said.
Last summer clashes were reported between Armenian and Azeri troops on Armenian-Azerbaijani border and on the line of contact between Karabakh and Azeri troops resulting in deaths of soldiers. As a result of activities of the Armenian forces to neutralize the subversive groups of the enemy, according to various sources, 25 Azerbaijani commandoes were killed. -0-