ArmInfo.Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova sees no connection between the issues related to the Karabakh conflict and the increase in US financial assistance to Azerbaijan to fight terrorism.
Thus, during a weekly briefing, referring to the fact that recently in the Armenian and Azerbaijani media various materials constantly appear that the United States is increasing financial assistance to Azerbaijan, aimed at combating terrorism, and the fact that these funds will go to train the officers of the relevant units, which naturally causes some concern in Iran and Armenia, as Karabakh Armenians are often called terrorists by Baku, Zakharavoa expressed the belief that every sovereign state has the right to communication and cooperation in various fields.
According to her, the matter concerns military and military-technical cooperation. "All states of the world are preoccupied with the fight against international terrorism. It is the business of sovereign states to develop such interaction and cooperation. Moreover, in the context of your question in connection with the long-term, very difficult and unresolved situation between the two countries - Azerbaijan and Armenia - we proceed from that everything should be done to ensure that this complex and long-standing problem is resolved, so as not to aggravate it, but to contribute to its resolution. As you know, Russia responsibly implements its obligations in the framework of the relevant OSCE Minsk Group. But still, I would separate these two issues, " Zakharova summed up.
Earlier it became known that the United States provided Azerbaijan with another military assistance in the amount of 10 million US dollars for anti-terrorist activities and the acquisition of intelligence systems. According to Pentagon reports for Congress, received and published by the Center for International Politics in Washington in the framework of the program (SAM), the US Department of Defense in 2018 allocated $ 58.6 million to the border and customs services of Azerbaijan, and in 2019 this amount amounted to $ 42.9 million. Moreover, the Pentagon has not published all the budget information about the program for the fiscal year 2019, which means that the actual amount allocated to the program this year may exceed $ 42.9 million.