Pompeo criticizes Turkey’s involvement in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

“We’re hopeful that the Armenians will be able to defend against what the Azerbaijanis are doing, and that they will all, before that takes place, get the ceasefire right, and then sit down at the table and try and sort through this”, he added. The main issue is the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but controlled by ethnic Armenians. EPA-EFE/JAKUB GAVLAK

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United States’ secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Thursday warned that Turkey’s involvement in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia has increased the risk in the region. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Pompeo criticizes Turkey’s involvement in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa07364305 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a media conference after his meeting with the Slovakian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Bratislava, Slovakia, 12 February 2019. The fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27. Pompeo is on an official visit to Slovakia. “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. Armenia and Azerbaijan were part of the Soviet Union and have been involved in a territorial conflict since gaining independence within the 1990s. EPA-EFE/JAKUB GAVLAK

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a media conference after his meeting with the Slovakian Minister of Foreign Affairs in Bratislava, Slovakia, 12 February 2019. Each side has accused the other of targeting civilians. Turkey has accused Armenia of occupying Azeri territory and vowed full support for Azerbaijan.  According to figures by the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly, Turkey’s military exports to its ally Azerbaijan have risen six-fold before the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh broke out. 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”, Pompeo said in an interview. Both sides have rejected talks and ignored growing international calls for a ceasefire. Pompeo is on an official visit to Slovakia.