The criticism comes after the Biden administration approved the provision of US security and military assistance to Azerbaijan, which is being pushed back by Democrats.
State Department deputy spokeswoman Jalina Porter did not respond to a question from The Hill about whether the administration would revoke this funding, but criticized Azerbaijan’s actions.
“We are closely monitoring the situation along the demarcated border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Military movements in disputed territories are irresponsible and they are also needlessly provocative, ”she said.
“We have seen the reports of a withdrawal and would be delighted if this is confirmed, but we expect Azerbaijan to immediately withdraw all its forces and cease any further provocation. We also urged both sides to address demarcation issues through discussions and negotiations. “
Armenia is alarmed that Azerbaijan launched an incursion into its territory on Wednesday, a charge that Azerbaijan rejects, saying it has only deployed border guards in the region.
The latest dispute comes less than six months after Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a ceasefire that ended a month of devastating conflict in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
representative Adam SchiffAdam Bennett Schiff Lone Wolf Actors Present Biggest Domestic Terror Threat, FBI, DHS Conclude State Calls on Azerbaijan to Withdraw Armenian Border Forces DNC plans to project image calling GOP “party of Trump ‘on his DC hotel after Cheney’s vote MORE (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, expressed deep concern over reports of the alleged border incursion and called for a review of US policy towards Azerbaijan.
“It is high time the United States recognized that our policies encouraged Azeri President Ilham Aliyev to escalate militarily, risking another war,” he said in a statement to The Hill.
Schiff called the Biden administration’s decision to issue a waiver allowing the provision of military and security assistance to Azerbaijan as “unwarranted.”
“Azerbaijan is taking these measures just days after the State Department issued an unwarranted waiver of restrictions under Article 907 against direct aid to Azerbaijan,” he said. “We should not be providing military funding to a nation that habitually engages in human rights abuses and violates the sovereignty of its neighbors. “
Article 907 of the Arms Export Control Law requires the State Department to certify to Congress that US security assistance to Azerbaijan will not contribute to the conflict in the region and issue a waiver authorizing the provision of such assistance. The exemption has been issued every year since 2002.
Secretary of State Antony BlinkAntony Blinken State calls on Azerbaijan to withdraw forces from Armenian border Progressive groups call on Biden to denounce expulsions of Palestinians as “war crimes” notified Congress in April that it was issuing the Section 907 waiver. The move is likely to receive further scrutiny amid the most recent dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Senator Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) Menendez Tensions rise among Democrats over US-Israel policy Senate Democrats step up efforts to limit Biden’s wartime powers Democrats reintroduce legislation banning ‘ghost weapons’ READ MORE (DN.J.), the chairman of the Senate’s foreign relations committee, on Thursday criticized Azerbaijan for instigating a conflict with Armenia and called on the Biden administration to “engage on this issue in the first place. highest level ”.
The United States, France and Russia are parties to the Minsk Group which, since 1992, has sought to work with Armenia and Azerbaijan to negotiate a political solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh status and other disputes between the countries of the former Soviet Union.
The latest dispute caught the attention of French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel Macron State calls on Azerbaijan to withdraw forces from Armenian border Thousands protest in French cities to fight climate change Biden records video message for ‘Vax Live’ concert READ MORE, who released a statement on Thursday criticizing Azerbaijan, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who called his counterparts in Baku and Yerevan.
Phillip Reeker, the acting deputy secretary of the Office for Europe and Eurasia, spoke separately with the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan over the past two days, according to their ministries of the respective Foreign Affairs.