The visit of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives to Yerevan comes days after deadly border clashes broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has arrived in Armenia, where a ceasefire has been held following an outbreak of war with neighboring Azerbaijan. was killed hundreds of troops from both sides.
Pelosi arrived in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Saturday.
She is the highest-ranking US official to visit Armenia since the impoverished nation’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
The US Embassy said the Speaker’s visit will include a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. On Friday, Pelosi told reporters in Berlin that the trip “is all about human rights and respect for the dignity and worth of every person”.
Other US lawmakers accompanying Pelosi include Frank Pallone, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and congresswomen Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo.
Armenian spokesman Alen Simonyan told journalists that Pelosi’s three-day visit would “play a big role in ensuring our security”.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars – in 2020 and the 1990s – over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijan’s Armenian enclave.
The 2020 war claimed the lives of more than 6,500 troops on both sides and ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire. Under that deal, Armenia ceded much of the territory it had controlled for decades, and Moscow deployed some 2,000 Russian peacekeepers to oversee the fragile truce.
Russia is a military ally of Armenia that also strives for friendly relations with Azerbaijan.
On Tuesday, the worst clashes since the 2020 conflict broke out, with the Baku and Yerevan trade blamed for “intense” shelling. Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of unprovoked aggression, but officials in Baku say their troops are responding to Armenian attacks.
Pashinyan said at least 135 Armenian soldiers were killed in the fighting, while the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said it had lost 77.
Hostile finished on Thursday with mediation from the “international community,” according to officials in Yerevan.
Russia has noted the truce.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters on Friday that the latest clashes had become “localized” under Moscow’s “influence”. When asked if Russia has the resources to maintain its influence in the region as Moscow focuses on the nearly seven-month conflict in Ukraine, he replied: “As you can see, there have been enough”.
However, the US objected to Russia’s claims.
A US official told Reuters news agency at the time of the truce that Washington did not “see any indication that Russian efforts contributed positively to securing the most recent ceasefire”.
In a sign of potential challenges, the Armenian speaker Simonyan last week expressed displeasure at the response of a Russian-led military alliance to the Interfax news agency, Interfax news agency reported. Yerevan’s request for help.
Armenia has asked the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to intervene, but so far it has sent a fact-finding team to the region.
“Of course we are very unhappy. Our expectations are unwarranted,” Simonyan told the national TV channel, likening the CSTO to a pistol that doesn’t fire bullets, Interfax said.
Noting that Armenia also already has a mutual aid treaty with Russia, he said “we expect more tangible steps from our Russian partners, not just statements or half-words”.