ArmInfo. Turkey's classification by the leading US think-tanks as an "unreliable partner" and "formal ally" leads to a further increase in the importance of the South Caucasus countries: Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, Eduard Abrahamyan, a researcher at the Department of International Relations and Security at the University of Leicester (United Kingdom), an expert at the Washington Institute of Central Asia and the Caucasus at the American Council on Foreign Policy expressed such an opinion to ArmInfo.
"This is how leading experts and analysts of the RAND Corporation, the Atlantic Council, the Washington Middle East Policy Institute, the Hudson Institut characterize Turkey in their reports. At the same time, all the above-mentioned centers are involved in the development of US regional and global policy. This suggests that the United States lower Turkey's involvement in the functional programming of its own regional programs. This, of course, leads to the isolation of Turkey, in which Washington plays a significant role, "he stressed.
According to Abrahamyan's estimates, Turkey continues to be of major strategic importance to the United States. However, the deepening of Turkish-Russian relations, coupled with the expansion of the range of clashes between Turkish and American interests, led to a rather difficult situation and this situation due to a number of objective and subjective reasons, has very weak prospects for improvement .
In this light, the analyst assesses the gradual deterioration of relations between the US and Turkey as a process that is very important for Armenia. First of all, due to its direct interconnectedness with the changes and dynamics of the regional military-political configuration. According to his estimates, the next stage of an acute crisis in the allied relations of Washington and Ankara is taking place. The current developments, in particular, create further additional cracks in already complex and in focat far from being allied relations between the United States and Turkey. On June 17, following the summit on cooperation and confidence-building measures in Asia in Dushanbe, Turkish President Recep Erdogan, describing the issue of Russian S-400 deliveries to Turkey as "a completed deal," confirmed that deliveries would begin in the first half of July. Washington is extremely dissatisfied with Ankara's decision to acquire Russian S-400s and is preparing to withdraw Turkey from its fifth-generation F-35 fighter pilot training program. The Pentagon has already stated that Turkish pilots need to leave the United States before July 31.