ArmInfo.Turkey, as a rule, looks at all the issues that occur in the region through the prism of the Kurdish question. Vahram Petrosyan, head of YSU Department of International Relations and Diplomacy, head of the Division of Armenian-Kurdish relations announced on October 11 at a press conference
He noted that naturally this step of Ankara was thought out and calculated. "Turkey noted and recorded two signals, after which it began to carry out this invasion of Syria. The first signal for them was the fact that the United States announced the withdrawal of its troops from Syria. And it is not even a matter of whether or not the States withdrew the troops from Syria; the main thing is a kind of message for both Turkey and the Kurds, which was understood by Ankara, "the expert emphasized.
The second factor that unleashed the hands of Turkey, the expert considers the statement of the leadership of Russia. "A few days ago, though in a completely different context, the Russian leadership stated that Turkey has the right to take care of its security. This was also perceived by Ankara as a "signal" for the implementation of its plans," Petrosyan emphasized.
He also said that the purpose of the Ankara operation is precisely the Syrian Kurds. "Despite the statement by the Turkish authorities that they intend to create a security zone, in fact, their target is the Syrian Kurds. In particular, the official Ankara with the deepest hatred of the Kurdish national movement, both in Turkey and abroad Consequently, the existence of Kurdish territory uncontrolled by Damascus on the border with Turkey is associated with numerous risks in Ankara. Any achievement of the Kurds in the Turkey region is considered as a threat, therefore their aim is to striking Kurdish formations, " the head of YSU Department of International Relations and Diplomacy said
Petrosyan noted that Kurdish autonomy and, moreover, an independent Kurdish state in Syria from the point of view of Ankara is a bad example for Turkish Kurds, who periodically require autonomy from Turkey. At the same time, according to the expert, the Turkish leadership does not understand one thing - no matter how much they try to weaken the Kurdish movements outside Turkey, their internal problem will not disappear from this and will not go anywhere. Petrosyan also considered groundless the fears that Turkey might try to repeat the same operation in Armenia. "Turkey will not conduct such an operation in our country on the basis of two factors, firstly, Armenia is a member of the CSTO. And secondly, Russia is a strategic partner of Armenia, and not only will not encourage such an operation, and if necessary, it will help the Republic of Armenia to repulse aggression. So, I think, in this context, drawing parallels is inappropriate, "Vahram Petrosyan concluded. To note, on October 9, Turkey launched a military operation in northern Syria under the name "Source of Peace." The Turkish government noted that the purpose of hostilities is to create a 32-kilometer security zone on Syrian territory, along its border, to push out the Kurds who controlled it until now and resettle about 2 million Syrian refugees who are still in Turkey.