The former Vice President also asked the administration to reduce the situation to the opposing countries.
“With rapidly increasing casualties in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, the Trump administration immediately needs to call on the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to avoid the situation. It should also demand others – such as Turkey – from this conflict Stay out, ”Biden wrote on Twitter.
With rapid casualties in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, the Trump administration needs to immediately call on the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to avoid the situation. It should also demand that others – such as Turkey – stay out of the conflict. https://t.co/C41YKEGTyA
– Joe Biden (@joiden) September 29, 2020
The statement marks a sharp rebuttal from Biden to Turkey ahead of the first debate of the 2020 presidential race. There is also a preview of his statement of how Democratic candidates can face Ankara should they win the election in November.
Biden’s statement contradicts President TrumpThe Donald John Trumpasinus Bureau intends to count despite the judge’s order on 5 October. Top House Republicans call for investigation of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballot with misnomer, voter.More restrained reaction to the outbreak of heavy fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and the State Department has referred to Turkey as an “external party” that threatens to ease tensions.
Trump is also known for his outspoken praise for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, because of the aggressive behavior of the Turkish leader in international conflicts and against American interests.
According to director Aram Hamperian, Biden’s tweet was welcomed by the Armenian National Committee of America, which called for Trump to issue a similar statement.
He said, “Candidates are saying very closely. We are encouraging Vice President Biden to exclude Turkish intervention – Turkey is fueling the fire, ”he said.
“We are yet to see that from President Trump and this is definitely something that many Armenians across the country are taking notice of.”
Turkey took a strong stand in favor of Azerbaijan amid an open conflict with Armenia that broke out in the contested mountainous region of Nagorno-Karbakh early Sunday.
The region, which falls within the sovereign Azerbaijan, but is run by a majority of Armenians, has been in dispute between the two countries since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The two countries have maintained a fragile ceasefire since 1994, although the most outbreak of fighting occurred in 2016 and in July.
The international community, including the United States, has called for hostilities to be halted and a return to negotiations between Baku and Yerevan, although Erdogan has called for Armenia to withdraw from Nagorno-Krabach and reportedly fighters to aid Azerbaijan Sent to
Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have blamed others as attackers, killing dozens and injuring hundreds, including civilians. Observers have raised the alarm that the use of heavy weapons and drones is a worrying sign of a widespread conflict that may draw in the international community.
Biden’s call echoes other statements by Democratic lawmakers who are demanding the Trump administration hold back Azerbaijan’s military sales and accountability for Turkey’s intervention.
Trump said on Sunday that he was watching the situation very strongly and would try to stop the fight.
Negotiations are stalled for a major peace deal under the Minsk Group, co-chaired by the United States, Russia and France and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.