January 29
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US Congress members Jackie Speier, Frank Pallone, and Adam Schiff sent a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on November 18, again expressing concern over the disproportionate US military assistance to Armenia and Azerbaijan, the Voice of America reports.

In the letter, congress members Schiff, Speier, and Pallone disagreed with the US Secretary of State's assertion that the $102mn military aid to Azerbaijan does not disrupt the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and will not be used in any way for a military attack on Armenia.

In the letter, the congress members stated that Azerbaijan's military potential has been growing steadily in recent years. They emphasized that US military assistance would enable Azerbaijan to further increase its military potential and the chances of launching an offensive against Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

"Without question, the increase of security assistance to Azerbaijan creates an imbalance in the region and ignores a twenty-year precedent in U.S. foreign policy," the congress members also note in the letter, stressing that balanced military assistance is the only way the US can maintain its standing as a regional superpower that can reconcile Azerbaijan and Armenia.

The congress members also called on the US Department of State and the Department of Defense to organize appropriate training and provide equipment for Armenia to increase partnership capacity. Also, they requested that Armenia be provided with training and equipment to build partner capacity that will help secure its borders and create military parity in funding with Azerbaijan. The congressmen also request that a meeting be held on this matter between the members of the US Congress and responsible officials of the respective US departments.

Read the full letter here

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