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Pallone Leads Bipartisan Group in Denouncing Reckless Azerbaijani Military Exercises

May 22, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) denounced reckless military actions conducted by Azerbaijan in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. He sent another letter to the Co-Chairs of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group, urging them to condemn the large-scale military exercises currently being held by the Azerbaijani military during the global coronavirus pandemic. Pallone was joined by 17 other Members of Congress, including: Gus M. Bilirakis (FL-12), Jackie Speier (CA-12), Adam B. Schiff (CA-28), Jim Costa (CA-20), T.J. Cox (CA-21), Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14), Juan Vargas (CA-51), Linda T. Sanchez (CA-39), Grace F. Napolitano (CA-38), Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), Judy Chu (CA-32), Albio Sires (NJ-08), Thomas R. Suozzi (NY-03), Katherine Clark (MA-05), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), and James R. Langevin (RI-02).

“The dangerous military operations initiated by Azerbaijan this week violate important diplomatic agreements and are unacceptable,” Congressman Pallone said. “These military actions along with recent inflammatory statements made by President Aliyev and his autocratic regime are deliberate attempts to intimidate and provoke the Republic of Armenia. The United States and our international partners including the OSCE must stand up against bad actors who are attempting to use the global coronavirus pandemic as cover while they seek to destabilize the region.

“I thank my colleagues who joined me in calling on the OSCE Minsk Group and the Trump Administration to condemn Azerbaijan’s actions and to move quickly to halt any further provocations. Doing so will send an important message to other regimes determined to use the pandemic to shadow aggressive military measures,” Pallone concluded.

Copies of the letters are available here and here.