According to the ministry, one of the numerous lies of Armenia is that in Soviet times, Azerbaijan, allegedly pursuing a discriminatory policy, didn’t pay due attention to the development of the region.
"In fact, Azerbaijan paid special attention to the economic development of Nagorno Karabakh, in which the industrial sector played an important role,” the ministry said. “In terms of the composition and level of development of the mining industry, agricultural production, during the Soviet period Karabakh was one of the most advanced economic regions in Azerbaijan, an extensive energy infrastructure corresponding to the requirements of that time.”
As the ministry noted, after the occupation of Nagorno Karabakh and surrounding districts of Azerbaijan by Armenia, this infrastructure was mainly looted or destroyed.
"Within 10 regional power grids in Shusha, Khojaly, Khojavend, Lachin, Gubadli, Jabrayil, Zangilan, Fuzuli, Kalbajar, and Aghdam there were 20 substations with a total capacity of 858.6 megawatts,” noted the ministry. “At those areas, there were 3 high-voltage power lines with a capacity of 330 kV and a length of 81 km, a capacity of 110 kV with a length of 690 km and a capacity of 35 kV with a length of 615 km, as well as a power transmission line with a capacity of 10 kV with a length of 6,190 km and 0.4 kV with a length of 8,860 km, as well as 2,435 transformers with a total capacity of 245.7 megawatts.”
According to the data, at the same time, 2,000 km of gas lines and 34 gas installations were put into operation.
"After the complete liberation of our occupied lands, a more exact assessment of the destroyed and looted infrastructure will be carried out," concluded the ministry.