Expert: Emergence of nationalist elements in Turkey unfavorable for Armenia

What is happening in Turkey today is not that favorable for Armenia, a Yerevan-based expert told journalists on Thursday.

According to Anush Hovhannisyan, who is engaged in Turkish studies, domestic political developments in Turkey lead to the expansion of nationalist elements, which makes Turkey an even worse neighbor for Armenia.

Speaking about Russian-Turkish relations and, in particular, the Putin-Erdogan meeting in Moscow earlier this week, Hovhannisyan noted that the significance of those talks for Armenia has unreasonably been overestimated.

“This is a big political game, and Armenia will just have to wait and see how it ends, especially that the seemingly honey Russian-Turkish relations are not that smooth,” she said.

According to the expert, there are issues over which these two countries have disagreements.

“The [Russo-Turkish] relationship was further strained when Russian President Vladimir Putin came to Armenia to attend the events on the Armenian Genocide Centennial and said the word genocide. Besides, Syria and Crimean Tatars remain issues for Turkey,” Hovhannisyan said.

She pointed out in this regard that the Moscow meeting between Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan resulted only in the signing of an agreement on commodity turnover.

The meeting between the two leaders held at the Kremlin on September 23 also discussed the situation around Syria as well as the issue of a possible Russian-Turkish natural gas pipeline.

Another meeting of the Russian and Turkish presidents is expected to take place during the session of the Turkey-Russia High-Level Cooperation Council which is due at the end of the year.