Richard Morningstar: Azerbaijan liberated its territory from occupation after many years
- 17 December 2020
"I hope that the Biden administration will pay more attention to Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus region," said Richard Morningstar, former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan, current Director of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council, in his speech at a webinar called "Azerbaijan-US relations: Elections and processes after the II Karabakh War" jointly organized by the Center for International Relations Analysis and the Caspian Policy Center (CPC), APA reports.
Mr. Morningstar emphasized that the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia worried US President-elect Joe Biden and he made several statements on the situation: "The Trump administration has chosen a course of "standing aside in international politics". I think these issues will be more important for Biden, as in the Obama administration. We must continue our close relations with Azerbaijan in the field of energy and security. As for the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, I think that the Obama administration initially paid attention to this issue. If you remember, at that time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Azerbaijan, she met with President Aliyev in Baku. I must say that she liked President Aliyev very much."
The Diplomat noted that the United States should play a more active role in the region and help Azerbaijan to maintain its balanced policy: "Regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, I can say that this is a great achievement for Azerbaijan, after many years the country has liberated its occupied lands. From an economic and military point of view, the past period worked in favor of Azerbaijan. We must not forget about Russia, Russia has cards in its hands. Russia saved Armenia from disaster."