Anna Ohanyan

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Azerbaijani soldiers stand guard as a car passes through the Lachin border station, leaving Karabakh to head into Armenia, on Sept. 26. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images

On Oct. 13, Politico reported that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had informed a group of lawmakers that the State Department was on the watch for an Azerbaijani invasion of Armenia in the “coming weeks”. A spokesman later tempered the report, describing it as inaccurate while insisting that the United States “strongly supports” Armenia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Nonetheless, the Politico report surprised few in Armenia. Azerbaijan’s use of deadly force and coercive diplomacy against Armenia is hardly breaking news, at least since Baku’s 2020 military successes in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. From December 2022, Azerbaijan imposed a nearly yearlong humanitarian siege of the Armenian minority in the enclave—a blockade deemed illegal by U.N.…  Seguir leyendo »