Armenia's assessment of Turkey's destructive role in region "unchanged"

February 12, 2021 – 15:04 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net has not reconsidered its assessment of Turkey’s destructive involvement in the region, Armenian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Anna Naghdalyan said in response to a statement from the ARF Central Council of the Armenian National Committee, expressing concerns over Armenia’s approaches towards Turkey.

The concerns expressed in the statement came after remarks made by Foreign Minister Ara Aivazian who said during a Q&A session at the parliament that Turkey has no reasons to keep the land borders with Armenia closed any more.

“Armenia has not reconsidered its assessment of Turkey’s destructive involvement in the region, and those concerns were clearly stated during the Q&A session, particularly with regards to the joint Turkish-Azerbaijani military exercises in the vicinity of the Armenian border. At the same time, the Foreign Minister of Armenia referred to Turkey’s policy of illegally blockading Armenia, stating that the excuse based on which Turkey has kept its border with Armenia closed for decades does not even exist now,” Naghdalyan said in a statement of her own on Thursday, February 11.

“The position of the Republic of Armenia on this issue, as well as the determination to pursue its foreign policy priorities have not changed. We are convinced that Turkey’s direct involvement in the war unleashed by Azerbaijan against the people of , the war crimes and other mass crimes committed against the people of Artsakh further emphasize the imperative of international recognition and condemnation of the Armenia Genocide for the prevention and non-recurrence of such international crimes.”

Naghdalyan said Armenia expects to continue cooperating with the organizations of the Diaspora.

“At the same time, we deem it necessary to emphasize that on various occasions the Foreign Minister of Armenia has underscored that we will consider not the statements but the actions of Turkey. To this date, these actions have not been constructive,” she said.

“In this regard, we would like to quote the position of the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Armenia, expressed during the same Q&A session, that “a favorable environment should be created for Armenia, for our diplomacy, for our people, of course, without crossing the red lines and protecting our state and national interests.”

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