Nancy Pelosi visits Armenia as Azerbaijan truce holds | Politics Information
US Home Speaker’s go to to Yerevan comes days after lethal border clashes broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
US Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi has arrived in Armenia, the place a cease-fire has held after an outburst of combating with neighboring Azerbaijan that killed tons of of troops from either side.
Pelosi arrived within the Armenian capital, Yerevan, on Saturday.
She is the highest-ranking US official to journey to Armenia because the impoverished nation’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
The USA Embassy mentioned the Speaker’s go to will embrace a gathering with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. On Friday, Pelosi informed reporters in Berlin that the journey “is all about human rights and the respecting the dignity and value of each individual”.
Different US legislators accompanying Pelosi embrace Frank Pallone, chairman of the Home Power and Commerce Committee, and congresswomen Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo.
Armenia’s Speaker Alen Simonyan informed journalists that Pelosi’s three day go to will “play an enormous function in making certain our safety”.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars – in 2020 and within the Nineties – over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh area, Azerbaijan’s Armenian-populated enclave.
The 2020 conflict claimed the lives of greater than 6,500 troops from either side and ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire. Beneath that deal, Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had managed for many years, and Moscow deployed about 2,000 Russian peacekeepers to supervise the delicate truce.
Russia is a navy ally of Armenia which additionally strives for pleasant relations with Azerbaijan.
On Tuesday, the worst clashes because the 2020 battle erupted, with Baku and Yerevan buying and selling blame for the “intense” shelling. Armenia accused Azerbaijan of unprovoked aggression, however officers in Baku mentioned their navy was responding to Armenian assaults.
Pashinyan mentioned at the least 135 Armenian troops have been killed within the combating, whereas Azerbaijan’s Protection Ministry mentioned it had misplaced 77.
The hostilities ended on Thursday with mediation from the “worldwide neighborhood,” in line with officers in Yerevan.
Russia took credit score for the truce.
Russian President Vladimir Putin informed reporters on Friday that the most recent clashes had turn into “localised” underneath Moscow’s “affect”. When requested whether or not Russia had the assets to keep up its affect within the area given Moscow’s give attention to its practically seven-month battle in Ukraine, he replied: “As you possibly can see, there are sufficient.”
The US nevertheless disputes Russia’s claims.
A US official informed Reuters information company on the time of the ceasefire that Washington didn’t “see any indication that Russian efforts contributed in a optimistic approach in the direction of securing the newest ceasefire”.
And in an indication of potential challenges, Simonyan, the Armenian speaker, final week expressed unhappiness with the response of a Russian-led navy alliance to Yerevan’s request for assist, Interfax information company reported.
Armenia requested the Moscow-led Collective Safety Treaty Organisation (CSTO) to intervene, however up to now it has simply despatched a fact-finding crew to the area.
“We’re very dissatisfied, after all. The expectations we had weren’t justified,” Simonyan informed nationwide tv, likening the CSTO to a pistol that didn’t shoot bullets, Interfax mentioned.
Noting Armenia additionally had a treaty on mutual help with Russia, he mentioned “we count on extra tangible steps from our Russian companions, not simply statements or half phrases”.