The confrontation over Nagorno-Karabakh is escalating.
The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is causing increasing international concern. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan even stated in an interview that he fears a potential conflict between Armenia and Turkey, writes the Washington Post.
Pashinyan believes that Turkey “creates instability in its neighborhood, in the eastern Mediterranean, in the Middle East and now in the South Caucasus. According to the Armenian prime minister, this creates an ever greater threat to global security.
The United States, France, and Germany have called on Armenia and Azerbaijan for diplomatic talks. Russia also offered to hold peace talks. But so far there has been no clear progress towards a ceasefire or settlement negotiations.
The US State Department is increasingly concerned about the confrontation between the US ally Turkey (after all, the country is a NATO member) and Armenia, which in turn is an ally of Russia.
But the President of the United States, Donald Trump, who previously “boasted of friendship” with Turkish leader Recep Erdogan, has so far not commented on the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the United States should actively contribute to de-escalating the conflict.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has already accused Turkey of attacking Armenia, but Turkey has denied all charges.
Meanwhile, the confrontation over Nagorno-Karabakh is escalating. Both sides of the conflict blame each other for the start of hostilities.
Pashinyan said that he spoke of a possible diplomatic settlement of the conflict with Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Macron, in turn, warned Turkey against interfering in the confrontation, but Turkey replied that it would do whatever was necessary if Azerbaijan asked for help.
The United States State Department said the United States was “concerned about reports of large-scale military action” in Nagorno-Karabakh and warned other countries against any military intervention in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
US Undersecretary of State Stephen Bigan called on the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia to “persuade both sides to end hostilities.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a statement from the United States “at the highest level” regarding the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Pompeo said both sides must end the violence and start working with representatives of the Minsk Group, which includes Russia, France, and the United States, to resolve the conflict as quickly as possible.
The confrontation between Armenia and Azerbaijan is one of those forgotten “frozen conflicts” that can flare up sharply when regional and global tensions rise. The role of the United States in resolving the conflict between countries may become important, but the American President Donald Trump is still only “silent” about this, The Washington Post sums up.