On 24 October President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia arrived in Artsakh with a two day working visit.
On 25 October President of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic Bako Sahakyan and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan partook at solemn ceremonies of placing into commission new apartment houses in capital Stepanakert and in Ivanyan village.
In a solemn atmosphere Bako Sahakyan handed over keys for the new apartments to a group of NKR Defense Army servicemen.
Afterwards the Presidents of the two Armenian states attended military maneuvers conducted by the NKR Defense Army.
After the maneuvers the President answered questions put by journalists. Talking about rumors about the possibility of putting under risk NKR's independence and territorial integrity within the current borders, Bako Sahakyan said that state independence and security of the Nagorno Karabagh Republic are exclusive values that, as has been reiterated, cannot be a subject of any speculations. The Head of the State underlined that we, the Armenian people, have paid a high price for this independence and security and today do not have a right to put them under risk. "The Nagorno Karabagh Republic is ready to start negotiations with Azerbaijan without any preconditions and discuss any issue related to the settlement of the Karabagh-Azerbaijani conflict. However, it cannot be at the expense of our independence and security," added the President.
As for the preparedness level of the NKR Defense Army, the President said that the maneuvers once again demonstrated high level of the armed forces' preparedness. The Head of the State noted that the Nagorno Karabagh Republic Defense Army is capable of rebuffing any encroachment upon our independence and security and in case of Azerbaijani aggression shift military activities deep into the adversary's territory.