Blinken phones Pashinyan, Aliyev as tensions spiral

  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held separate phone calls with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
  • Azerbaijan again blocked the sole pipeline supplying the region’s natural gas, according to Nagorno-Karabakh’s InfoCenter.
  • Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said there are no negotiations underway on setting up checkpoints along the Lachin corridor, a key Azerbaijani demand.
  • Armenia’s Defense Ministry said an Armenian soldier who had accidentally crossed into Azerbaijani-controlled territories had been found unharmed.
  • Armenia’s ruling Civil Contract party will nominate Anahit Manasyan to serve as the country’s next human rights defender.

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