Russia may use the confrontation between Azerbaijan and Armenia to divert attention from the war in Ukraine. This was stated on Tuesday, September 13, by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, CNN reported. The head of the US State Department is concerned that the Russian Federation may try to “add fuel to the fire” in the conflict between Baku and Yerevan “to divert attention from Ukraine.” At the same time, the Kremlin, if it wants, can use its influence to calm the situation and call Azerbaijan and Armenia to peace talks, Blinken believes.
He added that on Monday evening, September 12, he held talks with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia, during which he urged both countries to make every effort to avoid conflict and return to talks to achieve lasting peace. “Once again we are witnessing an outbreak of hostilities in which no one is interested,” the US secretary of state said. We remind you that on the evening of September 12, Armenia accused the Azerbaijani armed forces of shelling the southeastern borders. Yerevan turned to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), of which Russia is a member, for help. The Armenian Prime Minister also held urgent talks with Macron, Blinken, and Putin, insisting on an “adequate reaction of the international community” due to Baku’s aggressive actions.