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I have received a completion from the U.S. administration that it will continue to warn Azerbaijan against military action against Armenia, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen said in an official statement, explaining that he will not block the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey.

"While Turkey's ratification of Sweden's NATO membership has long been delayed, this is a welcome step forward and an important signal to the NATO community. That said, I remain gravely concerned about President Erdogan's continued attacks on our allies the Syrian Kurds, his aggressive actions in the Eastern Mediterranean, and the role he has played in supporting Azerbaijan's military attacks on Nagorno-Karabakh. I appreciate the Biden administration taking the time to brief me on these issues and provide answers to my questions," the senator's statement said.

He said that while he was pleased that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stopped the incursion of military aircraft into Greek airspace, the U.S. administration has indicated that it continues to monitor the issue closely to facilitate ongoing dialog between Greece and Turkey.

"In addition, I have received assurances from the administration that it will continue to warn Azerbaijan against further military action against Armenia and that it will work with Turkey to prevent any further escalation of this conflict. I remain deeply concerned about President Erdogan's attacks on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria, but the Administration assured me that it continues to voice its strong opposition to these attacks, including the threat to U.S. forces working with the SDF, and reaffirmed its continued commitment to supporting this critical partner who serves as the tip of the spear in our campaign to defeat the "Islamic State." The administration has informed me that they will communicate this commitment more clearly to the SDF to allay concerns that have been raised about a diminished U.S. commitment to our partnership," Van Hollen noted.

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