ArmInfo. Turkey should be the first to react to the publication by the Swedish website of certain documents testifying to the development by Ankara of a plan of attack on Armenia. Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan announced on December 2 at a joint press conference with his counterpart from Jordan, to a request to express a position on this issue.
At the same time, the chief diplomat stated that he could neither deny nor confirm the authenticity of this publication. "There is no need to say that the issue is of serious concern, we will continue to monitor the situation. But the first reaction should come from Turkey," the minister stressed.
It should be noted that the author at Nordic Monitor, Abdullah Bozkurt, published information on the plan of the Turkish General Staff for an air attack on Armenia, which, according to the article, was drawn up in 2001 and is still valid. The author notes that the plan is called ALTAY. The author notes that he learned about the existence of the plan from the leak of the Turkish General Staff.
The Greek media regarded the leak as a sensation, which indicates that Armenia will become the second target after Syria and that this plan is quite realistic. Meanwhile, the Turkish pro-government media, reacting to the publication of Nordic Monitor, called the journalists of this website traitors who betray Turkey, thereby going against the national interests of the country. It is also noteworthy that the Turkish media do not refute the information about the preparation of the plan of attack on Armenia, but blame the authors of the publication for state treason. It is also known that the Swedish edition of Nordic Monitor is coordinated by Turkish journalists, all of which are supporters of the Gulen FETO movement.
Mnatsakanyan also reacted to the attacks of his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu regarding the process of normalizing relations with Armenia and accusations of failure of the Zurich protocols by Yerevan. The Armenian Foreign Minister considers, at least, strange the similar behavior of the Turkish side, which itself failed the Zurich protocols, putting forward preconditions. "All this is very strange. After all, this time everything happened under our eyes and not 100 years ago. We all witnessed, including the international community. Everything is very fresh in our memory. How it happened 10 years ago and what followed this. This is today's story. If people representing the Turkish state do not hesitate to distort the history of our days, do not respect the obligations and their own signature, blaming others of the failure of the process, then it is obvious why the events occured 100 years ago are distorted, suggestions are made to reconsider them, proposals are made to establish a commission of historians. '' the head of the Foreign Ministry said.
At the same time, the RA Foreign Minister stressed that there are no contradictions in the position of Armenia. He recalled that initially, Yerevan announced its readiness to normalize relations with Ankara without preconditions and adhered to this line. ''We said that we agreed to normalize relations without preconditions. But for this you need 2 sides. And their policies work in a different direction. Turkey's threat is manifested in its policies, actions and rhetoric. What is happening before our eyes: the ongoing blockade, the lack of desire to normalize relations, unconditional military assistance to Azerbaijan in the context of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, all this generally reflects the meaning of the phrase "a threat to the security of Armenia." Armenia expressed its position and is committed to it. As for the Zurich protocols, Turkey refused them, " Mnatsakanyan summarized.
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 President 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, RA President Serzh Sargsyan 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 at the end of February 2018, Sargsyan announced the denunciation of the Armenian-Turkish protocols.