ArmInfo. The Turkish Foreign Ministry expressed its attitude to the statements of the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan in an interview with the Italian "Corriere della Sera" newspaper.
APA reports quoting the Turkish Foreign Ministry that Ankara was assured that the statements of the Armenian Prime Minister are not true.
"When referring to the history of Turkish society, the results of scientific research and archives, it becomes clear that the requirement to recognize the events of 1915 as genocide is erroneous from a historical and legal point of view. Despite all this, Turkey does not put forward the spontaneous refusal of the Armenian side of the accusations of Genocide as the main condition for establishing diplomatic relations with Armenia, "the Turkish Foreign Ministry assured.
At the same time, pointing to the "gesture of goodwill" of Turkey, the Foreign Ministry reminded that it was Turkey that suggested that the general commission objectively investigate the difficult period in the common history of Turks and Armenians and this proposal remains valid.
"Unfortunately, Armenia accuses Turkey of Genocide on every occasion, and this is an attempt to politicize history. The dogmatic behavior of the Armenian side on issues that need to be discussed openly is, from a scientific point of view, one of the biggest mistakes," assured Turkish Foreign Ministry.
Official Ankara also expressed belief that the process of normalizing the situation in the South Caucasus can begin only if Armenia takes concrete steps towards the peace process. "But this is hindered by the fact that the Armenians have been pursuing a policy of "aggression" for 27 years and taking an irreconcilable position with regard to Azerbaijan. The coming to power of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in 2018 generated positive hopes for a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. But it becomes clear that over time, he surrendered to some circles, taking a tough stance in his country, as well as the forces of the Diaspora that are against the peace process. Pashinyan, on the one hand, states that Karabakh belongs to Armenia, and on the other hand, says that Turkey poses a serious threat to Armenia, "the Turkish Foreign Ministry noted.
At the same time, the Turkish Foreign Ministry assured that it was ready to show "goodwill"l and give a positive response to Armenia, but on condition that Yerevan take "concrete and sincere steps to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, taking as a basis the decisions of the UN and OSCE, within the framework of international standards rights, as well as in the case of refusal to try to impose his opinion on the opposite side in connection with the events of 1915. "
To note, Pashinyan in an interview with the Italian Corriere della Sera newspaper stated that Armenia is ready to establish diplomatic relations with Turkey without any preconditions.