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Pelosi to visit Armenia after deadly clashes

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday confirmed that she would make a snap visit to Armenia after border clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan killed more than 200 people this week. Pelosi will be travelling with two members of Congress who are both Armenian American.

She declined to give further details of what she called a “rather spontaneous” decision to make the trip. Speaking at the G7 countries currently meeting in Berlin, Pelosi said “tomorrow we will be visiting Armenia because we’ve had an ongoing invitation from the Armenians”.

Both Armenia and Azerbaijan blame each other for the renewed fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region – the deadliest clashes between them since the six-week war in 2020 which had left thousands dead.

The two sides have been fighting for decades over Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but, which up until the war in 2020 had been populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians.

Armenia says Azerbaijan’s forces this week attacked and seized settlements inside Armenia, beyond Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan however says it was responding to “provocations” by the Armenian side.

In Berlin, Pelosi met Ukraine’s speaker of parliament and underlined that Ukraine must be victorious in the war against Russia, and that Russia must be brought to account for the conflict.

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