The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has strongly criticized France for agreeing to sell artillery to Armenia, accusing Paris of pushing the South Caucasus region toward a new war.

Iran PressIran news: In a statement, the ministry condemned France's decision, saying it was a provocative move that would lead to a new conflict in the region. The ministry accused France of hypocrisy, citing the French Defense Ministry's earlier pledge that the military equipment to be supplied to Armenia would be defensive.

The statement also held the Armenian leadership and the French government responsible for any potential escalation of the situation in the region.