US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed its hope on Thursday that Armenia would defend itself against Azerbaijan, it’s appear that it show sympathy to one side over the other in the conflict about the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Pompeo declared in an interview with WBS radio in Atlanta: We’re hopeful that the Armenians will be able to defend against what the Azerbaijanis are doing, adding that Armenia and Azerbaijan should get the ceasefire right, and then sit down at the table and try and sort through this.
He also criticized Turkey about its involvement in the dispute, and said: We now have the Turks, who have stepped in and provided resources to Azerbaijan, increasing the risk, increasing the firepower that’s taking place in this historic fight over this place called Nagorno-Karabakh.
The top US diplomat continued: The resolution of that conflict ought to be done through negotiation and peaceful discussions, not through armed conflict, and certainly not with third party countries coming in to lend their firepower to what is already a powder keg of a situation.
Whereas, Turkey refused the criticism from NATO allies, and accused Armenia about its occupation of Azeri territory and guaranteed a full backing for Azerbaijan.
Otherwise, Armenia related on Monday that the actions of Turkey about arming Azerbaijan and providing foreign fighters from the Middle East showed Ankara’s expansionist ambitions in the region of the Caucasus.
Furthermore, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed on September that 28 Ankara had sent at least 300 proxies from northern Syria. On the other hand, French President Emmanuel Macron declared that intelligence reports had proven that 300 Syrian fighters from the Syrian city of Aleppo moved via the Turkish city of Gaziantep to Azerbaijan.
Macron claimed that these fighters are known, tracked and identified, and he added that he would call Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the coming days. While Turkey said that it will do what is necessary to back Azerbaijan; however it has denied sending mercenaries.
It should be noted that Neighboring Armenia and Azerbaijan have been entered in an armed confrontation since September 27 about the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, which caused the death of hundreds of people.
In fact, the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh constitute an ethnic Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan, home to about 150,000 people, which separated from Baku’s control in a war in the 1990s that killed almost 30,000 people. Its separatist government is powerfully backed, but not officially known as independent, by Armenia. Turkey highly supports Azerbaijan and Russia has a military agreement with Armenia.