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.
In his recent remarks reacting to Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s criticism of Turkey’s role in the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Erdogan, in particular, said: “Armenia is playing with fire. More than 100,000 Armenians live in Turkey, some of whom do not have residence permits. The situation has been tolerated by Turkey. These actions show how friendly Turkey has been acting. However, Armenia cannot see this.”
In remarks published by the official website of the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister Kocharyan described the remarks as an attempt to threaten Armenia.
“Such spasmodic statements coming from both Ankara and Baku are the manifestation of their horror to appear in deep isolation on the international field as the result of their racist policy,” the senior Armenian diplomat stressed.
Turkey openly sided with Azerbaijan in the latter’s aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh earlier this month, drawing condemnation not only from Armenia, but also Russia. The United States, through its secretary of state, also implied that Turkey should not interfere in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.