On 5 December Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan sent a condolence letter to the families of the pilots of the Republic of Armenia Air Force perished in the aftermath of the jet crash.
The letter runs as follows:
"The entire population of Artsakh learnt with deep sorrow about the tragic death of Armenian military pilots Armen Babayan and Movses Manukyan.
Both of them were high class pilots, endowed with great patriotism and civic consciousness.
The bright memory of the devoted sons of the Motherland will always remain in our hearts.
On behalf of the Artsakh people, authorities and myself personally I extend my condolences and support in connection with the irretrievable loss wishing endurance and tenacity".