ArmInfo. Russia makes every effort that all the problems that exist between Armenia and Turkey are overcome. On November 11 at a joint press conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated, referring to the warming of Russian-Turkish relations in the context of threats emanating from Turkey against Armenia.
According to him, Russia does not talk about rapprochement or warming. "When we have neighbors - historically, geographically, we develop relations with everyone and with each of them. This is true for all our partners in the CIS, CSTO, EAEU, and such countries as Turkey, Iran, and Eastern European states. We want to have a normal relationship with every country, ", "the Russian Minister emphasized.
At the same time, Lavrov emphasized that in 2009 Moscow actively contributed to the conclusion of the so- called Zurich protocols, although it warned against being carried away by this idea, with the expectation that no matter what the solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would be, it could be focused on this question. " At that time our Armenian colleagues told us, "That's not the case", they promised us. Unfortunately, you all know the fate of the Zurich Protocols. Nevertheless, we continue to be prepared, and for this we need the interest of both parties - we are ready to use our opportunities in order to advance the normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey, "Lavrom said.
At the same time, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized that Moscow is not see a reason to believe that anyone of these countries want war. In any case, the Russian minister continued, all of Russia's policy is aimed at ensuring peace, coexistence and mutually beneficial cooperation.
It should be noted that the Armenian-Turkish protocols were signed in Zurich on October 10, 2009. However, the protocols were never ratified by the parliaments of Armenia and Turkey, since Ankara constantly put forward preconditions on the way to ratification. In this regard, by order of the then President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, the process of ratification of the protocols in the Armenian parliament was frozen. And in February 2015, they were completely recalled from parliament. In the second half of 2017, the President of the Republic of Armenia from the rostrum of the UN General Assembly said that Armenia would meet the spring of 2018 without the Armenian-Turkish protocols, since there was no positive shift in their implementation, and in February 2018 Yerevan announced the denunciation of these protocols.