NATO member states, the United States and France, have asked Russia to clarify the role of another NATO member state, Turkey, in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
“They talked about Nagorno-Karabakh extensively. As two co-chairs, they shared the same view that we are – we remain committed to our role as co-chairs in the Minsk Group process, that that’s where it is, recognizing the actions that Russia took which has led to a ceasefire that’s actually held now for about a week, but also acknowledging that there were still a lot of questions that needed clarity from the Russians as to the parameters of that agreement, and that included the role of the Turks.
And so more to be learned from that. They both noted that the Russians have invited the co-chairs to Moscow for more clarity, and as you probably have seen in the wires, there have been phone calls between and among the co-chairs. Foreign Minister Le Drian noted that he had spoken to Lavrov, who acknowledged that they were trying to take action to stop what was really an emergency humanitarian situation, but there do remain questions to be discussed about that.
So a lot of talk about Nagorno-Karabakh, the Caucasus, and then broadly also about Turkey and the various areas where we’re – we have some concerns and differences with the Turks – various theaters across the region from the Eastern Med, Libya, Syria, and other parts. Obviously, the Secretary was on his way here. And they spoke too about security in Baghdad, keeping in close touch on the issues that we’ve raised there, Foreign Minister Le Drian noting that the French have also done their part to urge the Iraqis to take the appropriate steps necessary to provide security in the Green Zone. I’ll leave it there,” a State Department official told media speaking about the recent negotiations between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
In response to these comments, the Kremlin said that it is ready to clarify the role of Turkey in Nagorno-Karabah for France and the United States.
“There is no doubt that if our co-chairmanship partners in the Minsk Group (USA and France) need clarification, these explanations will be presented,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters answering a relevant question. “Moreover, there is regular contact through our diplomatic departments on Karabakh affairs.”
Therefore, it seems that NATO member states needs the help of Russia to understand what another NATO member state is doing in the South Caucasus. This situation is a visual demonstration of the lack of unity in the military alliance. NATO is in fact a no more united force. It is a group of small alliances and actors with own interests working under the same brand. This explains regular mantras of the NATO leadership about some ‘foreign forces’ that want to create division within the alliance. However, the sad reality (for the NATO leadership) is that these ‘foreign forces’ are in fact NATO members.
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