Pelosi's controversial statement in Armenia
US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, whose visit to Taiwan drew great reaction from China and caused a crisis in the region, traveled to Armenia. In her speech in the capital Yerevan, Pelosi targeted Azerbaijan and made statements that would lead to a new crisis.
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose visit to Taiwan last month caused a major crisis between the US and China, traveled to Armenia at a time when the Azerbaijan-Armenia border was heating up.
In her speech in Armenia today, Pelosi targeted Azerbaijan and made statements that would draw the reaction of Turkey. Pelosi stated that she "condemns Azerbaijan's 'illegal' attacks" and said that her visit to Yerevan had a special significance for her after "Azerbaijan's illegal and deadly attacks against Armenia".
Pelosi blamed Azerbaijan for the border clashes, saying, "It is clear that the border clashes were triggered by Azeri attacks. We strongly condemn these attacks." Pelosi underlined that the US should increase its influence in the region. "We stand with Armenia in the global fight against autocracy," Pelosi said.
The first reaction to Pelosi's statements came from Baku. Azerbaijan said Pelosi's remarks dealt a major blow to peace efforts, "Pelosi's attempt to attack Azerbaijan is baseless and unacceptable."
While Armenia announced yesterday that a ceasefire was declared after new clashes with Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry announced that 79 Azerbaijani soldiers had lost their lives. Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan, on the other hand, said 135 Armenian soldiers had been killed the previous day. The latest escalation was the fiercest clash between the two countries since 2020, sparking fears of war.
This week, the powerful Armenian lobby in the US called on the US administration to support Armenia. "Armenia does not receive the same attention as Ukraine," said Anthony Barsamian, president of the Armenian American Community, arguing that Azerbaijan had violated international law in the latest conflict.
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