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 Tuesday, August 8 2017 13:37
Naira Badalyan

Ruben Safrastyan: crisis in Russian and USA relations is fraught for  South Caucasus countries

Ruben Safrastyan: crisis in Russian and USA relations is fraught for  South Caucasus countries

ArmInfo.Ruben Safrastyan, director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) notes the tectonic shifts in the system of world  politics and the crisis in relations between Russia and the United States. The development data, as the expert pointed out on August 8 at a meeting with journalists, are very dangerous for the countries of the South Caucasus.

According to the Turkologist, today we see a weakening of Turkey's  position as a strategically important regional player. This,  according to Safrastyan, was the result of those strategic mistakes  made by the Turkish President Erdogan, which led to the deterioration  of relations between Germany and Turkey, and, as a result, the  decline of German investments in the Turkish economy. "It is because  of the Turkish President's incoherent policy, his adventurism in  Syria and Iraq, that Assad's power in Syria is becoming increasingly  legitimate, along with the legitimization of Kurdish forces in Syria  and the world," Safrastyan said.

According to the expert, on the background of the weakening of  Turkey's positions, Iran's role will increase. In this connection,  the Turkologist notes the importance of the presence of the Armenian  delegation headed by the president at the inauguration of the elected  head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hasan Ruhani. According to Ruben  Safrastyan, the Armenian-Iranian relations have already moved beyond  the bilateral, becoming a factor of regional stability. The factor  that Azerbaijan did not participate in the inauguration of the  Iranian president, according to the turkologist, says that Baku is  reviewing its regional policy, hinting at the US that follows the  regional policy of Washington and encourages pressure on Iran.

In addition, according to Safrastyan, in the fall, we should expect  the revitalization of the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group, which  will try to stimulate the negotiation process on Karabakh settlement.  At the same time, according to the Turkologist, Azerbaijan will  certainly try to improve its positions in the negotiation process. 

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