FRESNO – Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Armenia & Artsakh, issued the following statement in response to Azerbaijan’s attack on Armenia:
“I have been in communication with Armenian and Artsakh officials and confirmed that Azerbaijan launched unprovoked military actions against Armenia,” said Senator Borgeas.
“Based on Azerbaijan’s past behavior, and having been extensively involved in Caucasus-related issues, this appears to be an orchestrated attempt to destabilize the region at the behest of Turkey. It is terribly coincidental that Azerbaijan’s military aggression comes on the heels of the European Union considering Greece’s proposed sanctions against Turkey.”
“I stand in solidarity with Armenians and Greeks who continue to suffer from Azeri and Turkish provocations, as the latter’s proxy and religious agendas are dangerously intertwined.”
Associated Press reports that eleven Azerbaijani servicemen and four Armenian troops were killed.
The US Department of State condemned the violence and urged both sides to adhere to a ceasefire, saying it would join efforts to resume substantive negotiations between the countries.