ArmInfo.Turkey's continued policy of maneuvering between the West and Russia will force the US and EU to put up with some of Erdogan's decisions even further. A similar opinion was expressed to ArmInfo by Victor Nadein-Raevsky, Ph.D. in Philosophy, director of the Institute of Political and Social Studies of the Black Sea-Caspian region, senior researcher of IMEMO RAS (Russia), Turkologist.
"We see how Erdogan's tactics of maneuvering not only between the Russian Federation and the West, but also in other areas demonstrate very definite successes. As a result, the Turkish president manages to get the West's consent to some aspects of his own foreign policy today and enlist their readiness to turn a blind eye to such aspects in future," he stressed.
According to the Turkologist, tracking Erdogan's geopolitical overtures, Moscow, in turn, does not perceive Ankara's consent to membership of Finland and Sweden in NATO particularly painfully. And it continues negotiations with Ankara, continuing to discuss a number of issues. In his opinion, Erdogan knows perfectly well what and from whom he can get. And he never takes a single step in any direction without first calculating what he can get in return.
In the opinion of Nadein-Raevsky, against such a Turkish background, the activation of another regional power, Iran, practically leaves no alternative for Tehran. The recent visit to Armenia by Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran Ali Shamkhani, his talks with the Prime Minister, Secretary of the Security Council of Armenia, the analyst views in this light. " Shamkhani's statements in Yerevan are far from accidental. I think that, in contrast to Turkey, Iran is thus trying to position itself today as a country for which the territorial integrity of Armenia is a foreign policy priority. Thus, Tehran is trying to increase its own weight in relations with Baku and Tehran ", he remarked.
"All this opens up additional opportunities for Yerevan, of course, in the case of a flexible diplomatic line. The region is still in a geopolitical vacuum, which can instantly be replaced by threats. But all this simultaneously gives rise to opportunities for flexible diplomacy in the direction of confronting Armenia with the Turkic threat. "Certainly, Armenia has the opportunity, even in the current unfavorable geopolitical situation for Armenia," the Turkologist summed up.