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U.S. House votes to block military financing, training aid to Azerbaijan

panarmenian.net07/29th/2021, 6:42

U.S. House votes to block military financing, training aid to Azerbaijan

July 29, 2021 - 10:40 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, July 28 voted overwhelmingly to restrict U.S. foreign military financing and training assistance to Azerbaijan, passing a bipartisan amendment led by Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and twenty of his House colleagues, the Armenian National Committee of America reported.

The vote sends a powerful signal to Azerbaijan’s dictatorial Aliyev regime that their ongoing aggression against Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) will not be rewarded with U.S. taxpayer-funded military assistance, ANCA said.

The Pallone Amendment states, “None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act [H.R.4373] under ‘International Military Education and Training’ and ‘Foreign Military Financing Program’ may be made available for Azerbaijan.” The provision does not block discretionary military equipment, which may be transferred by the Department of Defense under U.S. laws Section 333. The ANCA is working with Senate and House Members of the Armed Services Committee to address those concerns by strengthening Section 907 restrictions on U.S. ...

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