Oct 16, 2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned Thursday that he hoped Armenia may “defend” itself towards Azerbaijan within the battle over Nagorno-Karabakh, including that Turkey’s function had elevated the chance of additional violence. The combating between the 2 former Soviet republics over the contested territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally acknowledged as a part of Azerbaijan however run by ethnic Armenians, has left greater than 500 useless since late September. The United States has sought to stay impartial within the intensifying battle, however Pompeo appeared to endorse Armenia throughout an interview with Atlanta TV station WSB. “We’re hopeful that the Armenians will be able to defend against what the Azerbaijanis are doing,” Pompeo mentioned, including that he hopes either side can reach a cease-fire. NATO ally Turkey enjoys shut ties with the Muslim-majority Azerbaijan, with whom it shares ethnic ties. Ankara has reportedly despatched tons of of Syrian recruits to the breakaway enclave to combat alongside Azeri troops. It denies the reviews. “We now have the Turks, who have stepped in and provided resources to Azerbaijan, increasing the risk, increasing the firepower that’s taking place in this historic fight,” Pompeo mentioned. The Turkish authorities has additionally dismissed requires an instantaneous cease-fire from the Minsk Group, which is co-chaired by Russia, France and the United States. Turkey has as a substitute urged the Armenians to withdraw from Nagorno-Karabakh. A Russian-brokered humanitarian cease-fire was speculated to take impact over the weekend, however inside hours, the 2 former Soviet republics had accused one another of launching new assaults. Baku has accused Armenian forces of making an attempt to grab its fuel and oil pipelines, a cost Yerevan denies. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has referred to as on Azerbaijan to de-escalate, and this week, additionally took intention at Turkey’s participation within the battle. “Turkey’s provision of arms to Azerbaijan and bellicose rhetoric encouraging a military solution are irresponsible,” Biden mentioned in an announcement.