ArmInfo.Negotiating the unblocking of transport communications, Ankara actually does not have such a goal at all. Turkologist Hakob Chakryan expressed this opinion to ArmInfo.
"Even if these communications are eventually unblocked, this will not benefit Armenia, which at best will get access to Azerbaijan and beyond, but first of all Turkey, which will get direct access to Central Asia, where it has long aspired to be
But at the same time, according to the expert, the three well-known Turkish preconditions of 30 years ago are fully preserved. During these three decades, governments have changed in Turkey, but the demands to refuse recognition of the Genocide, to force the people of Artsakh to recognize the authority of Baku and their own borders also remained. Only the formulations has changed, but the hostile policy towards Armenia has remained," he said.
On July 1, during the fourth meeting of the special representatives of Armenia and Turkey - Ruben Rubinyan and Serdar Kilic in Vienna, the parties agreed to open the land border for third-country nationals and decided to start the necessary processes in this direction. An agreement was also reached to establish Armenia-Turkey air cargo transportation as soon as possible. In addition, other possible measures were discussed to achieve the main goal, that is the final settlement of relations without preconditions. Since December last year, Vice Speaker of the Armenian Parliament Ruben Rubinyan and former Turkish Ambassador to the United States Serdar Kilic have held three more rounds of talks: one in Moscow and two - in Vienna.
Chakryan explains the absence of preconditions for Yerevan on the part of Ankara in the ongoing negotiations on normalization with Turkey's international obligations. Which does not at all prevent Ankara from putting forward the same preconditions in the form of periodic calls to Yerevan "to take a prudent position, from which the entire region will benefit."
In reality, with such talk about peace and regional stability, Turkey, according to the Turkologist, is only trying to indirectly get involved in the process of normalizing relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The expert considers such a prospect completely unacceptable, considering that the processes between Armenia, on the one hand, and Turkey and Azerbaijan, on the other hand, should go exclusively in parallel, without any contact. First of all, due to the fact that before the signing of the peace treaty, Azerbaijan must withdraw its troops from the territory of Armenia and return the Armenian prisoners of war," the Turkologist summed up.