Russia will not interfere with the development of relations between Armenia and Turkey
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Russia will not interfere with the development of relations between Armenia and Turkey

Moscow : Russia | Mar 17, 2011 at 8:28 AM PDT
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MOSCOW, March 17 - RIA Novosti. Russia considers it important to establish relations between Armenia and Turkey, but to interfere with their development does not intend to, "said Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich Thursday at a briefing in Moscow.

"We believe that the Armenian-Turkish relations is a matter primarily of bilateral relations and Russia to intervene in this process is not going" - he said.

As noted by Lukashevich, Russia initially supported the rapprochement between Yerevan and Ankara, promoting confidence in the Caucasus. "We very much wish that this process has brought good results, from the point of view, and the bilateral relations and strengthen the spirit of cooperation and establishing a mechanism of interaction and cooperation in the Transcaucasian region," - concluded the Russian Foreign Ministry representative.

Between Turkey and Armenia do not have diplomatic relations, the border between the two countries was closed in 1993 on the initiative of Ankara. The complex relationship between the two countries caused by several factors related, in particular, with the support of Ankara Azerbaijan in the Karabakh problem, and acute reaction to Turkey's process of international recognition of the 1915 Genocide in Ottoman Empire.

The process of normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations began at the initiative of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in the autumn of 2008. October 10, 2009 Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and Turkey Mahmut Davutoglu signed in Zurich, "Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and Protocol for the development of bilateral relations, which must be ratified by the parliaments of two countries.

However, the April 22, 2010 Sargsyan signed a decree suspending the ratification process of the Armenian-Turkish protocol, stating that Turkey is not ready to continue the process initiated. The process of ratification by the Turkish Parliament is in a frozen state.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) meets with Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan (L) in 2010
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) meets with Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan (L) in 2010
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