ArmInfo.Russia has shown that it is not a security partner that can be relied on, Matthew Miller, Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, told a briefing on September 25.
He does not have any concern about Russia's response to Pashinyan, criticizing Pashinyan over recognizing Azerbaijan's territorial integrity.
"Russia cannot be relied on as an international partner. And as it pertains to Russia's respect for international territory and - or, I'm sorry, territorial integrity and sovereignty of other countries, I think we've seen by its own actions that it's not a principle that it holds itself to," Mr Miller said.
As to any concern that Armenia's territorial integrity must be jeopardized or something going on that will require U.S. support for Armenia's territorial integrity, Mer Miller said:
"I think I would answer that by saying what we think is important is that Armenia and Azerbaijan reach a lasting peace agreement. It's something that we have pushed for some time - for some time. It's something that we have said publicly we believed was in reach if both sides were willing to make difficult compromises. Obviously, we have not seen that happen in the last few months. I do note that President Aliyev and Prime Minister Pashinyan have announced that they are going to meet next week. We think it's important that they meet and ultimately bridge the divide between their two countries."
As to the fact that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken did not meet with the Armenian and Azerbaijani FMs on the sidelines of the 78th session of the U.S. General Assembly, which could be "recognition of state of play," Mr Miller said:
"He was in regular conversation with the leaders of those two countries. I think that shows the depth of his commitment to resolving this issue. In addition, Administrator Power and Assistant Secretary - Acting Assistant Secretary Kim are in the region today. I think it's a stretch to question the depth of our commitment when you see the diplomatic engagement that we've had from the most senior levels over the past week. The fact that he didn't meet in person when he's talking to leaders of the foreign - to foreign countries, I - it would be a mistake to read anything into that."
Asked about high-ranking U.S. officials' trips to Armenia, Mr Miller said:
No, they are there to reaffirm U.S. support for Armenia's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and democracy, and of course to help address humanitarian needs stemming from the recent violence in Nagorno-Karabakh."
Asked to comment on Turkish President Erdogan going to Azerbaijan, given the situation and discussions about transport links between Turkiye and Azerbaijan, which would go through Armenia, Mr Miller said:
"I'm not going to comment on that specifically other than to say we have been engaged with the Turkish Government on this issue. It was one of the issues that Secretary Blinken discussed with his Turkish counterpart when they met in New York on Friday. We continue to hope that all of our allies and partners could play a constructive role in reaching a lasting agreement, and that of course would include Turkiye. But I don't have a comment on a specific proposal."