ArmInfo.Turkey, of course, is part of the geopolitical equation of the West, in order to, if not to oust, then at least reduce Russia's influence in the South Caucasus. Leading Russian analyst, editor-in-chief at Russia in Global Affairs journal Fyodor Lukyanov expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
"The current desire of the United States to normalize the current, not the best relations with Ankara leads to a similar conclusion. The latter is necessary for the United States and the EU, among other things, in order to successfully complete the process that has already begun to seize the initiative in the South Caucasus from the hands of Moscow. Meanwhile, not only the Russian Federation, but also Turkey has significant influence in the region. Accordingly, the West today needs, if not the participation, then the loyalty of Ankara in relation to this process," he stressed. According to the analyst, at this stage, the trajectory along which these processes proceed and develop is visible even to the naked eye, and today we can record an extremely high degree of their movement, respectively, instability. Which is primarily due to and depends on the outcome of the war in Ukraine, moreover, for all active and passive participants in this process.
Returning to Turkey's role in the processes in the South Caucasus, Lukyanov conditioned its preservation and periodic increase by Ankara's extraordinary foreign policy and diplomatic flexibility. The latter, according to his estimates, manifests itself both in relation to the United States and in relation to Russia. With whom Turkey manages to maintain fairly good relations even in the current situation in Ukraine and around Ukraine. And this is in conditions when not only the United States and the West, but also the whole world is trying to increase the list of countries hostile to the Russian Federation.
In this light, the analyst characterized the agreement reached on April 6 in Brussels by the leaders of Armenia, the EU and Azerbaijan on the establishment of a commission on the delimitation of the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan as an unconditional part of the West's activity in the eastern direction. According to Lukyanov, as of today the West is already openly claiming the role that it began to play in the South Caucasus following the results of the 44-day war of the Russian Federation.
"It is clear that appetites and intentions are one thing, but real steps are quite another. In this light, the EU needs to make Yerevan and Baku offers they can't refuse. This will make it possible to move on to the next stage after the Brussels one in the direction of moving towards a peace treaty. Nevertheless, if this process is delayed, the current stage of Western interference in Caucasian affairs may end in a complete fiasco. "In other words, I won't even try to forecast the success of Charles Michel's conditional mission at present, including because of the unpredictability, fraught with many unresolved issues and contradictions of the Karabakh settlement and, of course, the situation around Ukraine, which is far from being resolved," the analyst summed up.