U.S. ‘Deeply Concerned’ By Azerbaijan’s Checkpoint, Calls Parties To Resume Talks, Avoid Provocations
On Sunday, Washington expressed ‘deep concern’ regarding Azerbaijan’s establishment of a checkpoint on the Lachin corridor, according to Azerbaijan in Focus, reporting Turan News.
The State Department said the move “undermines efforts to establish confidence in the peace process.”
“We reiterate that there should be free and open movement of people and commerce on the Lachin corridor and call on the parties to resume peace talks and refrain from provocations and hostile actions along the border,” Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedan Patel said in a statement.
The Lachin road has been patrolled by Russian peacekeepers since 2020. Azerbaijan on Sunday announced that it set up a checkpoint on the corridor, adding it was a response to a similar move by Armenia.
The U.S. has been asking both Baku and Yerevan to avoid provocation, and to redouble their efforts to clinch a peace agreement.