She leads a delegation that includes three other congressmen. Pelosi called the purpose of the trip to support “security in Armenia and the Caucasus region.” The visit takes place against the backdrop of an aggravation between Yerevan and Baku
The plane of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed at Yerevan's Zvartnots airport, Armenpress reports.
Earlier, Pelosi said that two members of Congress of Armenian origin will accompany her on the trip— Republicans Jackie Speyer and Anna Eshoo, and Democrat Frank Pallon. During the visit, she will meet with the Prime Minister of the Republic Nikol Pashinyan.
The speaker of the lower house of Congress called the decision to visit Yerevan spontaneous. The purpose of the visit, according to her, & mdash; support “security, economic stability and democratic governance in Armenia and the Caucasus region”. In a series of tweets dedicated to her trip to Yerevan, Pelosi recalled that in 2019 the House of Representatives recognized the Armenian genocide by a majority vote, and in April 2021, President Joe Biden became the first American leader to publicly call the massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in the 20th century a genocide. century (at that time, according to various estimates, from 660 thousand to 1.5 million Armenians died on the territory of the state). Turkey and Azerbaijan do not recognize these events as genocide.
Pelosi's visit comes against the backdrop of another escalation of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It began on the night of September 13th. By September 15, the parties reached an agreement on a ceasefire and resumed negotiations. Yerevan reported the death of 135 soldiers as a result of another escalation, Baku— about 77 dead Azerbaijani soldiers.
Pashinyan on September 16, in a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, called the situation on the border “relatively calm”, but noted that the situation remains “very tense”. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on September 17 that he had received information from his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev about the completion of the “military operation” on the border with Armenia.
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