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Statement from Chairman Menendez on Azerbaijan’s Violation of Armenian Sovereignty

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Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., listens to United States Trade Representative Katherine C. Tai as she testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, during a hearing to examine President Joe Biden s 2021 trade policy agenda. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) on May 13 issued the following statement in reaction to reports of Azerbaijan’s illegal incursion into Armenia’s Syunik province:

“The violation of Armenia’s sovereign territory by Azerbaijani troops is a dangerous and illegal act of aggression that underscores the sustained threat that the Armenian people continue to face. After my conversation with Armenia’s Ambassador to the U.S. earlier today, it is clear that the United States, and the international community as a whole, must respond strongly to this incursion so Azerbaijan understands it will face serious consequences for its malign activities.

“When Azerbaijan attacked the Armenian people last fall, the previous Administration failed to engage and left the door open for dictators like Aliyev, Erdogan, and Putin to decide the fate of the Armenian people. That cannot happen again. I urge the Biden Administration to engage on this issue at the highest levels to make clear that Azerbaijan must respect Armenia’s sovereignty and that further threats and aggressions are simply unacceptable.”