The closure of the Lachine Corridor is pushing back the peace process. US Dept. of State

Closing the Lachine Corridor could have potentially severe humanitarian consequences, and frankly, it sets back the peace process. During a briefing, Vedant Patel, the US State Department's deputy spokesperson, stated, "We are happy that natural gas has been restored in Nagorno-Karabakh. Energy infrastructure failures can trigger a humanitarian crisis. We call for the restoration of free movement through the corridor as soon as possible, and the way to achieve this is through negotiations."

When asked whether the US administration believes the parties are still interested in signing a peace agreement by the end of the year, Patel did not want to specify a time frame. "This is an issue that the US Secretary of State is very interested in and pays a lot of attention to. We will remain deeply involved in the process and see it through to completion."