Global Threat: Armenia reaffirms commitment to anti-terrorism fight in wake of Brussels attacks

Global Threat: Armenia reaffirms commitment to anti-terrorism fight in wake of Brussels attacks

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Armenia has reaffirmed its position on contributing to the fight against international terrorism after a series of deadly explosions blamed on terrorists occurred in the Belgian capital of Brussels, a city that hosts NATO headquarters and is considered to be the political heart of the European Union.

“Armenia strongly condemns any manifestation of terrorism and remains committed to making its contribution to the international fight against that evil,” President Serzh Sargsyan wrote to the Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, on Tuesday, hours after the attacks in which at least 34 people were killed and more than 180 were injured.

While early reports suggested that the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could be behind the attacks, later official statements, including by senior U.S. officials, called that theory into doubt.

Some security experts, meanwhile, claimed that traces of the terrorist attacks could even lead to Turkey.

A few days before the attacks in Brussels, Turkey expressed its official protest to Belgium in connection with the Kurdish protests in its capital. Ankara considers Kurds fighting for some sort of autonomy in Turkey to be terrorists and has blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and affiliated groups of committing a string of terrorist attacks recently. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that by giving freedom to terrorists, Europe tomorrow may itself face a wave of terrorism.

While the role of Ankara in the growth of terrorist tension in Europe is yet unclear, experts note that both Turkey and Russia have contributed to the influx of a large number of refugees to Europe by their actions in and around Syria.

Russia, on its part, has blamed the West for the situation, accusing it of dividing terrorists into “good and bad”.

And Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a pro-Kremlin Russian politician known for his outlandish statements, has even assumed that Turkey may channel the flow of migrants into the Caucasus, to the borders with Russia.

“We need to strengthen our border points, because Turkey may think about turning the migrant tide not towards Europe, but towards the Caucasus. They will sweep through Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan and reach our southern regions,” Zhirinovsky said.