Azerbaijan Withdraws from Washington Platform in Talks with Armenia

Baku – Azerbaijan has decided to no longer engage in negotiations with Armenia under the auspices of the United States, marking a significant shift in its diplomatic approach. This decision was revealed following recent developments that have caused dissatisfaction within the Azerbaijani government, according to information obtained by APA.

According to Azeri-Press News Agency, from this point forward, Official Baku has expressed its intention not to participate in talks initiated by the United States. Previously, several meetings between Azerbaijan and Armenia were facilitated by Washington. However, recent actions by the U.S. have led to a reevaluation of this approach by the Azerbaijani side. Notably, during the “The Future of Nagorno-Karabakh” hearings at the United States House Foreign Affairs Committee, statements were made against Azerbaijan, and comments by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James O’Brien received strong objections from the Azerbaijani representatives.

Further adding to the tension, the U.S. Senate passed the Armenian Protection Act of 2023. This act repeals the President of the United States’ authority to waive Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act, effectively leading to a prohibition of military assistance to Azerbaijan. This legislative change has been a crucial factor in Azerbaijan’s decision to step away from the Washington platform.

In response to these developments, Official Baku canceled a scheduled meeting between the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Washington on November 20. Azerbaijan is also seeking clarification on the U.S. stance regarding Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act, viewing it as a matter of moral and diplomatic importance.

While distancing itself from the U.S.-led negotiation platform, Azerbaijan expressed a preference for direct negotiations with Armenia and indicated its acceptance of continuing talks within the Brussels format. This shift signifies Azerbaijan’s strategic recalibration of its diplomatic efforts in resolving its disputes with Armenia.