U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held calls with the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders yesterday to discuss stalled peace talks between the Caucasus rivals.
Washington, Brussels and Moscow have all been engaged in diplomatic efforts to normalize relations between the two countries, but a broad peace deal has remained elusive.
Armenian security forces have announced the successful arrest of five individuals linked to an attempted "terrorist attack" on government institutions. The operation, dubbed "Northern Leaffall," was intended to disrupt the functioning of key government bodies. The suspects had reportedly prepared explosive devices and other hazardous materials for their nefarious plan.
Armenia announced today that it will host joint military exercises with the United States next week, likely to irritate Russia, Reuters reported.
The Armenian Defense Ministry said the purpose of the "Eagle Partner 2023" exercise, which will take place from September 11 to 20, is to prepare Armenian forces to participate in international peacekeeping missions.
Armenia is ready to recognize the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, which includes Nagorno-Karabakh, but on the condition that the security of the Armenian population is guaranteed. This was announced at a press conference on Monday by the Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan. If this happens, it will be a historic decision that will end the decades-long conflict in the Caucasus.