ArmInfo. Turkey is concerned with eradicating the Armenian identity rather than with unblocking the transport links or opening a corridor via Armenia, as the disappearance of the Armenians will close the issue Turkey is extremely concerned about, namely, the Armenian Cause, Artak Zakaryan, a member of the ARF-D Executive Council, said in an interview with ArmInfo.
"The stage of rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey in 2009 and 2010 coincided with recognition of the Armenian Genocide by a number of countries, putting Ankara in a rather difficult international situation, whereas the current stage does not pose any threats to Turks, as Turkey and Azerbaijan do not consider Armenia a political factor at all," he said.
As soon as the "normalization" process is completed, Turkey will embark on an economic expansion into Armenia, which will cause about a third of the Armenia's population to leave the country. The conscious sections of Armenia's population will never put up with Turkish expansion, which will cause the "remnants of Armenia's social elite" to leave the country, Mr Zakaryan said.
According to him the opposition has been able to force Armenia's "defeatist" authorities to restrict their conspiratorial activity aimed at undermining the security of Armenia and Artsakh. It is the struggle being waged by part of Armenia's society that has shown the world that Armenia is not going to turn into a "corridor" for other nations' economic interests.
"The world has seen Armenia is not going to put up with a situation when Turks and Azerbaijanis will force their agenda on us nor are their interests going to be advanced or served at our expense. Thus, by means of protests, the opposition succeeded in accomplishing this serious foreign policy task, whereas [Armenia's Premier Nikol] Pashinyan has proved unable to do it since coming to power, but has found himself between a rock and a hard place," Mr Zakaryan said.