U.S. urges Armenia, Azerbaijan to distance forces along border
The exchange of fire near the Armenian border village of Sotk underscores the need to distance forces along the border, Vedant Patel, Principal Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, told a press briefing on Thursday.
Six Armenian soldiers were injured in Azerbaijani attacks on Armenian positions near Sotk on Thursday and Friday.
“This kind of violence, we believe it undermines the progress made by Armenia and Azerbaijan toward a durable and dignified peace,” Patel said.
“We call on the leaders of both of these countries that when they convene in Brussels on the 14th to a – that these two parties agree to distance their forces along the border, as discussed by Secretary Blinken during their participation of these negotiations that we hosted here in Washington, D.C., at the beginning of May,” he added.
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