After the April war between Armenians and Azerbaijanis in Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkey continues active attempts to interfere in the conflict, looking for new grounds for penetration in the South Caucasus region.
The recent attack on an ethnic Armenian member of the Turkish parliament has sparked an outcry in Armenia and its Diaspora, with many seeing it as another manifestation of racism and xenophobia in Turkey.
Even 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Caucasus continues to be the hottest spot in the former Soviet territory, where ethnic clashes, manifestations of fostered hatred and enmity occur quite regularly. According to political analysts, dividing lines between the countries of the Caucasus are the result of powerful foreign players, each of which pursues their own interests in the region.
As the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Inspector General (OIG), citing corrupt practices, has suspended 14 entities and individuals involved with humanitarian aid programs for Syria operating from Turkey, the Armenian Assembly of America (AAA) has urged U.S. Congress to aid Armenia that has given refugee to thousands fleeing Syria in recent years.
Garo Paylan, a Turkish-Armenian legislator from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), says he was targeted in a brawl in the Turkish Parliament on Monday for being Armenian.
During the four-day war Azerbaijan’s adventure also stemmed from Turkey’s support, said expert Levon Hovsepyan.
The latest four-day Karabakh-Azerbaijan war also got its reflection in the Turkish press, once again prompting the rise of anti-Armenian sentiments in Turkey. Turkey’s leadership through pro-government media sought to express Ankara’s support to Azerbaijan.
Armenia is not taking any practical steps to become a more reliable economic partner for Iran, due to which it seems to be getting bypassed by another major regional project, says economist Vahagn Khachatryan.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s threat to expel Armenian nationals from his country is “nothing less than a confession that even a century after the Armenian Genocide the thinking of the Turkish leadership has not changed,” Armenia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan has charged.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has sent a telegram of condolences to his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad on a series of terror attacks that claimed the lives of numerous innocent people and resulted in many injuries in the Middle East country earlier this week.
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