India has made another step forward in its weapon export ambitions, this time closing an arms deal with conflict-torn Armenia. Both countries recently signed the arms deal through a government-to-government channel. The latter is slated to receive Indian-made missiles, rockets, ammunitions, and its most prized indigenous “Pinaka” multi-barrel rock launchers.

While the value of the arms deal was not officially disclosed, The Economic Times reported that the worth of the armament transaction over the next few months would be around $250 million.

Following the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan due to a border dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, New Delhi had called on the “aggressor side” and urged them to “immediately cease hostilities” and instead resolve the disagreement through diplomacy and dialogue.

“We believe that bilateral disputes should be settled through diplomacy and dialogue. There can be no military solution to any conflict. We encourage both sides to pursue talks to arrive at a lasting and peaceful solution,” said External affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi in a statement.

In 2020, the same border dispute erupted between the neighboring countries, and Armenia subsequently received weapon supplies from India with a whopping $40 million defense agreement. Meanwhile, during the skirmish, Azerbaijan gained backing from its long-standing allies, Turkey and Israel, and had played a significant role in turning favorable tides to the latter—thanks to sophisticated Turkish Bayraktar and Israeli kamikaze drones.