For almost a month, Azerbaijanis have been demonstrating around the Lachin Corridor, the only road connecting the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh with food, medicine, fuel and international airports, causing a confrontation that led to a complete blockade.
Artsakh Ombudsman Gegham Stepanyan claims that the Russian peacekeepers failed to resolve the confrontation because they do not have an international mandate and are not accountable to anyone. Azerbaijan's state media, sensing Russia's current weakness, began to openly criticize Russian peacekeepers.
"The Azerbaijani side acts in an atmosphere of impunity," Stepanyan said. "The international community should act very clearly, for example, by imposing sanctions against Azerbaijan and forcing Azerbaijan to fulfill its obligations under international law."
Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, noted that the “forced blockade” of Azerbaijan threatens to starve Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh and demonstrates “the callous disregard of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for human life.”