The United States, Russia and France have called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to resume “direct dialogue” and fully comply with their agreements brokered by Moscow.

In a joint statement issued on Tuesday night, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian also said the conflicting sides must not use force to resolve border disputes.

“The [OSCE Minsk Group] Co-Chair countries call on Armenia and Azerbaijan to refrain from inflammatory rhetoric and provocative actions and to implement in full the commitments they undertook on 9 November 2020 and reconfirmed on 26 November 2021 in statements made by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, and President of the Russian Federation and other jointly agreed ceasefire arrangements,” read the statement.

Blinken, Lavrov and Le Drian said they expect Baku and Yerevan to “work constructively” to demarcate the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and restore economic and transport links between the two South Caucasus states.

They also called on the sides to continue the dialogue between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan begun at meetings held in New York in September and Paris in November, as well as to continue contacts at the leadership level to promote a lasting and sustainable peace in the region.

They also called on the sides to continue the dialogue between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan begun at meetings held in New York in September and Paris in November, as well as to continue contacts at the leadership level to promote a lasting and sustainable peace in the region.

“The Co-Chair countries also note with concern recent incidents on the non-demarcated Armenia-Azerbaijan border and reaffirm that the use or threat of force to resolve border disputes is unacceptable,” added the top diplomats of the three mediating powers.

They further urged the sides to allow U.S., Russian and French envoys co-chairing the Minsk Group to visit the conflict zone “as soon as possible” and “assess the situation on the ground first-hand.”

6 comments
  1. Azerbaijan is invading Armenia’s territorial integrity.

    But Russia and the CSTO do nothing.

    This is how worthless they are.

  2. What is Armenia doing? It gave up conquered land and gave up un-conquered land for peace. Even Aliyev said so, that he demanded Armenia withdraw for peace. So what is Armenia doing NOW? Its not fighting an incursion in its borders, retaliating against kills, nor is it threatening anyone.

    The statement implies both sides are equally at fault. That tells Armenia who gives a sh.t about Armenia. All that lobbying for this? Miyayn zenkov ga Hayots pergutyun.

  3. Blinken, Lavrov and Le Drien Call on Armenia and Azerbaijan to Refrain From Provocative Actions

    I DON”T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY INCLUDE THE VICTIM ARMENIA ???

  4. To Anto Pashayan. You are bang on my friend.
    This one sided situation must end and it must end now. If these are the kind of allies Armenia has or needs, we are in deep trouble. Actually I am surprised at France who usually acts on an even keel. This whole thing is a serious joke. Since when can azeris, turks and now even the Russians can be trusted, everyone is selling arms to each other, even israel has thrown it’s 2 bits by selling arms to turkey.
    The only hope is if President Biden throws his weight behind this dangerous situation… will he, I think not. Does Armenia have any allies. Iran?? Georgia?? Everyone is looking after their own affairs. Meantime Armenia’s army is in no shape to fight any incursions. Where is the United Nations.

  5. Gerard, Armenia has NEVER had allies in our 5000 years history. Armenia neither had independent kings, as some believe. The days of mountains protecting Armenians from invaders is over. We had 30 years to help Armenia stand on its own feet, but we couldn’t for many reasons. Relying on foreign powers instead od leveraging foreign powers against each other is suicide. I hate that Pashinyan gave up unconquered lands to end the war too fast (mountainous regions would have been much harder for Azeris but hopefully he can leverage Turkey against Russia. Oorish pan chiga.

    BTW France supports White Helmets in Syria. Dont hold your breath.

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