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Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi will visit Armenia over the weekend, Politico writes citing sources.
The politician will meet in Yerevan with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and other officials. Accompanying Pelosi on the trip will be Congresswoman Jackie Speyer— American with maternal Armenian roots.
Pelosi Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill, in response to a request from Politico, said that he could not confirm or deny the information about the visit of the politician for security reasons.
On the night of September 13, another aggravation of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan began. The parties accused each other of shelling, including outside the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic— for the first time since fall 2020. Yerevan reported 105 dead, 71 servicemen from the Azerbaijani side were killed. Armenia turned to Russia, the CSTO and the UN Security Council for help, and the republic also asked the CSTO for military assistance.
Pashinyan, during a speech in parliament on September 14, stated that he was ready to make difficult decisions for the sake of peace, but then stressed that he would not sign any documents with Azerbaijan. After the prime minister's statements, several hundred residents of Armenia took to the streets of Yerevan. The protesters accused the authorities of not respecting the interests of Armenia and Artsakh (the Armenian name for Nagorno-Karabakh).
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After the start of a new round of conflict, the United States called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to immediately stop hostilities. Pashinyan spoke by phone with United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The latter expressed his readiness to contribute to a peaceful settlement.
The night of September 15, according to the Armenian side, passed without incident. Baku and Yerevan agreed to continue negotiations.
In August, Pelosi visited Taiwan, which official Beijing considers part of China. The Chinese authorities protested the visit and held military exercises near the island. The United States said that in this way they want to express support for Taipei, although they adhere to the “one China” policy.