The United States calls on Armenia and Azerbaijan to immediately de-escalate the situation on the border, resume negotiations, and cease-fire, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said at a press conference on Wednesday.
“The United States is deeply concerned about the deadly violence on the international border of Armenia and Azerbaijan, we уxpress our condolences to all the victims and call on the parties to immediately de-escalate, resume meaningful dialogue and cease-fire to start negotiations with the Minsk group as co-chairs,” Pompeo said.
The fighting that started on July 12 on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border continues for the third day in the neighboring regions of Tovuz and Tavush, which also border Georgia and are located several hundred kilometers from the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh, where the situation is now calm. In the place of attacks, there are combat posts stationed near the village of Movses.
According to Baku, 11 Azerbaijani soldiers, including a General, were killed. The Armenian side announced the death of two officers and five wounded. Azerbaijan and Armenia blame each other for the attacks. Some countries and international organizations expressed concern about the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and called on the parties to engage in dialogue. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it is ready to assist Baku and Yerevan to stabilize the situation.