ArmInfo.There will be no breakthrough warming of relations between Yerevan and Ankara. Director of the Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
"I don't think that today we can expect a breakthrough in relations between Armenia and Turkey. Moreover, we are talking about both a warming between Yerevan and Ankara within the framework of bilateral relations, and Armenia's support for the 3 + 3 platform promoted by Turkey, in which it is planned to involve the three states of the South Caucasus and regional Russia, Iran and Turkey itself, "he stressed.
Earlier, the Turkish president announced about the proposal of the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan for a meeting, conveyed to him through the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili. "This makes us think. If you want to meet, then certain steps must be taken. We are not closed for meetings. The Prime Minister of Georgia conveyed to me the proposal of the Prime Minister of Armenia for a meeting. But for this, Armenia must take positive steps. If this meeting takes place, Turkey could establish diplomatic relations with Armenia, "Erdogan said. Pashinyan's press secretary Mane Gevorgyan did not refute or confirm Erdogan's statement.
Iskandaryan emphasized that the attempt to establish a dialogue between Yerevan and Ankara is not new at all. In this light, he assessed the initiative of Armenia's Prime Minister Pashinyan, rather, as an attempt to reinvent the wheel. The political scientist recalled that at the level of conversations, attempts to normalize relations, open borders, etc. have already been undertaken, but they all ended up at a standstill.
In this light, the political scientist recalled that in 2010, as part of the Zurich attempt, it even came to "football diplomacy", however, it also failed, once again bumping into the long-standing Turkish preconditions towards Armenia. In this context, Iskandaryan considers the once more frequent talks about the possibility of another change in the weather between Ankara and Yerevan as another manifestation of pressure from Turkey. At the same time, the purpose of the pressure, in his opinion, has not changed either - Ankara is striving to push through its preconditions again.
The political scientist explains the last statement by the current, not the best situation in Armenia. Which inside the country itself is seen through the eyes of people who suffered defeat in the war with Azerbaijan and the same Turkey. In his opinion, correcting the situation takes time, and getting rid of the defeat syndrome is a purposeful work for the formation of not only ethno-cultural, but also political identity of Armenians.
"A lot of work has been done in the last three decades of independence. However, there is still much to be done. And no one promised us that it would be easy. It is impossible to build a real state in such a short period of time, in principle, especially by waging a relentless war for the liberation of Artsakh. The absence of a corresponding attitude towards state institutions among Armenians as a nation makes this process even more difficult. However, I can say that the development of such an attitude is at the stage of formation today, which is already quite good," Iskandaryan summed up.