In Armenia, Nancy Pelosi condemns Azerbaijan's "illegal" attacks on the border |  News |  DV

In Armenia, Nancy Pelosi condemns Azerbaijan’s “illegal” attacks on the border | News | DV

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday condemned what she called Azerbaijan’s “illegal” border attacks on Armenia.

Pelosi was on a three-day visit to Yerevan. She is the highest-ranking US official to have visited Armenia since it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Her visit comes just days after Armenia declared a ceasefire with Azerbaijan following a new outbreak of violence that left more than 200 people dead.

What did Pelosi say in Armenia?

The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives said her trip was significant in the wake of Azerbaijan’s “illegal and deadly attacks on Armenian territory”, condemning the “encroachment on Armenia’s sovereignty”.

She said it was important to emphasize the chronology of the conflict. “This was initiated by the Azerbaijanis and it must be acknowledged,” Pelosi said.

Yerevan stated that on September 13, Baku shelled at least six Armenian settlements inside the border, which provoked a response from Armenia.

Baku criticized Pelosi’s comments. “The baseless and unfair accusations made by Pelosi against Azerbaijan are unacceptable,” the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“This is a serious blow to efforts to normalize relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” the ministry added.

“Disappointed” with Russia

Analysts note that Azerbaijan saw an opportunity in Russia’s preoccupation with Ukraine and attacked Armenia.

Last week, a senior Armenian official expressed dissatisfaction with Moscow’s response – or lack thereof – to Armenia’s request for assistance from the Russian-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

According to the Interfax news agency, Parliament Speaker Alen Simonyan told national television that Armenia was “extremely dissatisfied” and its expectations were “not met”, comparing the CSTO to a gun that does not fire bullets.

During her visit, Pelosi said Yerevan’s disappointment was interesting.

Alen Simonyan, speaker of the Armenian parliament, thanked the US for brokering a ceasefire after Moscow’s earlier attempts to secure a truce failed.

“We are grateful to the United States for brokering a fragile ceasefire agreement,” he said at a press conference along with Pelosi.

fb/aw (AFP, Reuters)

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