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White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan called on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to reduce the tension over the border and to continue the communication between the two sides.

In a written statement from the White House, it was reported that Sullivan made separate phone calls with Aliyev and Pashinyan and discussed the tension in the region.

According to the statement, Sullivan expressed his concern about the border tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia recently and stated that “military steps regarding the borders not yet determined are provocative”.

Sullivan stated that they are pleased that the communication between the two countries continues and the two leaders are committed to the peaceful resolution of the problem.

Underlining the necessity of making official negotiations in order to determine the international borders of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Sullivan emphasized that the USA will continue its efforts to reduce the tension in the region within the scope of the Minsk Group.

The settlement of the Azerbaijani army in the positions on the border with Armenia in the provinces of Lachin and Kelbajar, which were liberated from the occupation of Armenia, caused tension between the two countries.

The Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan decided to apply to the Collective Security Treaty Organization on the issue, claiming that some regions where the Azerbaijani army settled were Armenian territories.

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