The US Department of Defense, the Pentagon, responded to ‘Lurer’ inquiry regarding the provocations of Azerbaijan in Syunik province, Armenia.
To the question “What is the Pentagon’s position on the issue of aggression against Armenia? Taking into consideration that the US administration is demanding the withdrawal of Azerbaijani troops, how can the ongoing aggression affect the military assistance provided by Washington to Baku?”Anton Semelroth, Spokesperson at Office of the Secretary of Defense, responded:
“We are closely monitoring the situation along the un-demarcated border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
We review thoroughly any potential assistance to Azerbaijan to ensure it will not undermine or hamper ongoing efforts to negotiate a peaceful settlement between Armenia and Azerbaijan and will not be used for offensive purposes against Armenia.
Our non-lethal security assistance to Azerbaijan is in the U.S. national security interests, and helps enable Azerbaijan to secure its southern and maritime borders to reduce the threat of terrorists, WMD, and other illicit trafficking.
For example, just recently the x-ray scanners we provided were used to identify a large shipment of heroin at the Iranian border.”