Located at the crossroads of European-Asian trading routes, Azerbaijan was fought over by Russian, Persian and Ottoman forces for centuries. After the collapse of the Russian Empire in 1917, Azerbaijan briefly became an independent state that was de facto recognized by the Allies in January 1920, only to have independence terminated when the Red Army arrived in April of that year.
Modern Flag of Azerbaijan
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States and Azerbaijan have established bilateral relations. The United States has paid special attention to encouraging peaceful, negotiated resolution to Azeri-Armenian territorial conflicts.
The United States recognized Azerbaijan’s independence on December 25, 1991, when President George H.W. Bush announced the decision in an address to the nation regarding the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Azerbaijan previously had been a constituent republic of the USSR.
Diplomatic relations were established on February 19, 1992, when President George H.W. Bush announced the decision in a press statement.
The American Embassy in Embassy Baku was opened March 16, 1992, with Robert Finn as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim.