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Russia has shown it is not a ‘security partner that can be relied on’ – US State Dept spox

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« US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller claimed that recent tensions in the Nagorno-Karabakh region were a sign that Russia could no longer be relied upon as a ‘security partner’ while speaking at a press briefing in Washington DC on Monday.
« I do think Russia has shown that is not a security partner that can be relied on, » the spokesperson said in response to a journalist’s question.
Miller’s comments come as thousands of ethnic Armenians fled Nagorno-Karabakh after Azerbaijan launched a ‘counter-terrorist operation’ in the breakaway region. Moscow had called on both parties of the conflict to declare a ceasefire and begin negotiations.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan criticised Russia during an address to the nation on Sunday, claiming Moscow’s protection was ‘not enough to ensure the external security of Armenia’.
In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Pashinyan’s speech contained ‘unacceptable attacks on Russia’, accusing Yerevan of setting Armenia ‘on a new Western course of development’.
“Russia has always remained committed to its allied obligations and respected Armenia’s statehood. Moscow continues to provide large-scale assistance to Armenia in the fields of security, economy and culture,” the statement read.
Earlier in the press briefing, Miller outlined Washington’s position on the recent developments in Nagorno-Karabakh, stressing that maintaining the Russian-brokered ceasefire was of the most importance.
« In terms of what we think is important, it’s number one, that the ceasefire that exists now be maintained, that there is no further military action. Number two the humanitarian needs of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh are addressed, » he said.
Miller also called for an ‘international mission’ to provide ‘transparency, reassurance and confidence’ to the residents of Nagorno-Karabakh.
« The population of ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh should be able to remain in their homes in peace and dignity with respect for their rights and security. If they choose to do so, those who want to leave and return should be allowed safe passages overseen by a neutral independent third party,” the spokesperson said.
“Azerbaijan has a responsibility to protect civilians and ensure the humane treatment at all, including those it suspects of being combatants, » he continued.
The year-long conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on Tuesday, September 19, with the beginning of Azerbaijan’s counter-terrorist operation in the region. On the same day, Moscow called on both parties of the conflict to declare a ceasefire and begin negotiations.
Azerbaijan accused Armenia of a ‘systematic shelling of its army positions’ and announced ‘anti-terrorist measures of a local nature’ in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry stated that the only way to achieve peace in the region was the ‘unconditional and complete withdrawal of the Armenian Armed Forces from the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and dissolution of the so-called regime’.
Nagorno-Karabakh – formerly an autonomous region of the Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic, with a predominantly ethnic Armenian population – broke away from Azerbaijan in the final years of the USSR, establishing a self-proclaimed, independent but internationally-unrecognised entity.
Baku claims sovereignty over the territory, and after a major war in 2020 regained control over large parts of the region.
In May 2023, the Yerevan government recognised Azerbaijan’s claim to the territory but also called for protection for the region’s ethnic Armenians. »

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