Azerbaijani President: Armenia surrendered, threw in a towel and dropped to its knees
- 24 December 2020
"The trilateral statement signed on 10 November was in fact a capitulation of the Armenian state. Armenia surrendered, threw in a towel and dropped to its knees. After that, Aghdam, Lachin and Kalbajar districts were returned to us without a single shot being fired," said Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan as visited the liberated from occupation Gubadli and Zangilan districts, APA reports.
"Today, it is Azerbaijani soldiers who are serving in these districts. This is a great achievement. We would definitely have taken those districts by fighting, but we could have suffered many losses, especially in the direction of Aghdam, which was mined on all sides. Also, there were several lines of defense. At the same time, especially if we take into account the weather conditions, the liberation of Kalbajar and Lachin districts by military means would have been fraught with heavy losses. Winter had already begun and the roads were frost-bitten. It takes hours to cross into Kalbajar from Goygol district.
Therefore, the statement signed on 10 November is of great importance. Of course, if we had not liberated a large territory from the invaders, if we hadn’t broken the enemy's back and achieved the desired goal of destroying the enemy army, the enemy would not have signed such a humiliating document for them. We forced them, expelled them from our lands, and, as always, I remained true to my word. I was saying from the early days of the war that the Armenian leadership must explicitly state when and on what particular date it would leave our lands. It had to give us an exact date. If that had happened, we would have stopped the war. But we were not given a date. They carried on with their ugly deeds and occupation and resorted to various tricks to involve foreign countries. If the Armenian leadership had heeded my words and taken the right step, it would not have been in such a humiliating situation. I said that we would go to the end, and we did go to the end. We stopped at the right time, we returned the three districts without a single shot being fired, without a single loss. We have restored our territorial integrity," the head of the state noted.