US hopes that Armenia can defend itself from Azerbaijan

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia –

Minister of Foreign Affairs United States of America Mike Pompeo hopes Armenia can defend yourself in the battle against Azerbaijan.

Pompeo disclosed this in an interview with WBS radio in Atlanta, Thursday (15/10).

“We hope the Armenian people can fight what the Azerbaijanis are doing,” Pompeo was quoted as saying AFP.

However, Pompeo hoped that both sides would immediately cease their arms, and sit at one table to resolve the conflict peacefully.

The United States is a country that hosts the Armenian diaspora, but it also has strategic relations with Azerbaijan.

The US has over the past two weeks maintained its neutrality on the conflict, and urged both sides to talk.

Pompeo also strongly criticized the US ally in NATO, Turkey, which fully supports Azerbaijan.

“Turk has stepped in and provided resources to Azerbaijan, increasing the risk, increasing the firefight that took place in this historic battle in Nagorno-Karabakh,” Pompeo said.

The United States is co-chair of the Minsk Group which has been working for peace in Nagorno-Karabakh. Apart from the US, the Minsk Group is led by Russia and France.

The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan over the weekend have agreed to a ceasefire for the sake of humanity. But a few hours later there was still a shooting range. Both parties accuse each other of violating the agreement.

There were attacks on each other in several cities, including Barda, Karabakh and Stepanakert in Azerbaijan.

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense accuses Armenian forces of not complying with the ceasefire agreement being negotiated by Russia.

While Azerbaijan claims enemy forces have deployed T-72 tanks and three multi Grad rocket launchers to attack their area.

(DEA)

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