ArmInfo.It makes no sense to expect changes in Turkish policy towards Armenia before Ankara takes real steps towards normalizing relations with Yerevan. A similar opinion was expressed to ArmInfo by Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Turkologist Ruben Safrastyan.
"The Turkish rhetoric, which is being heard about Armenia today, is generally reduced to a willingness to settle relations. And this rhetoric has been heard for decades. The whole point is that Ankara's real position differs significantly from its rhetoric. Turkish real politic is still based on three main preconditions in relation to Armenia. Moreover, following its own participation in the last year's war in Artsakh, Turkey has even more increased pressure on Armenia in order to push through its preconditions, "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.
The point about the need to respect territorial integrity in another recent statement by Recep Erdogan to Armenia is considered by the Turkologist in the context of Ankara's desire to force Yerevan to recognize not only its territorial integrity, but also the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. Based on decades of his own experience in studying Turkish foreign policy, the Turkologist assesses the current rhetoric of Ankara as having the goal of misleading the world about its own true intentions.
In this light, the academician considers Armenia's constant readiness for war with neighbors like Turkey and Azerbaijan a necessity. At the same time, starting from the analysis of the current geopolitical situation, Safrastyan does not see an immediate threat of war at this stage. In any case, the restoration of the Armed Forces, the system of ensuring national security, the international image of Armenia as a whole, he considers an urgent need. In this context, the elimination of the negative consequences of last year's war, in the academician's opinion, is today the primary task of the country's leadership.
"Armenia's foreign policy needs fundamental changes, moreover, not only in relation to Azerbaijan and Turkey. We need not only to deepen the existing vectors, but also to discover new directions. We must become recognizable for the world, we must be different from others, for which we have all the historical, cultural and civilizational foundations and prerequisites. Using the possibilities of the military-political alliance with Russia even more productively, Armenia needs to pursue its foreign policy, both in the direction of the West and the East. In the latter case, we are talking at least about India and China ", the academician summed up.