Moscow, Baku want Ankara to Contribute to Karabakh Resolution, Says Turkish Foreign Minister

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) meets with President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in St. Petersburg
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) meets with President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in St. Petersburg

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) meets with President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in St. Petersburg

Yerevan Says Turkey has No Business in Karabakh Conflict Process

ANKARA, YEREVAN—Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said discussions on creating an Azerbaijan-Russia-Turkey trilateral effort to address the Karabakh conflict were held during his recent visit to Azerbaijan, while sources from the office of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the issue of normalizing relations with Armenia might have been discussed during the president’s recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, reported Hurriyet Daily News.

While speaking in an interview with Anadolu Agency’s Editors’ Desk on Aug. 10, Çavuşoğlu was asked about the expectations of a suggested Turkey-Russia-Azerbaijan trilateral summit.

Çavuşoğlu said the idea came up on July 15 during a meeting in Baku.

“During our meeting in Baku, Azerbaijani officials said that a trilateral summit was established between Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran,” Çavuşoğlu said. “I told them there can also be trilateral summit with Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey.”

The foreign minister said Erdogan offered the possible summit to Putin and got a positive response.

“Lots of subjects can be brought up during that meeting. Unfortunately there is this issue of Nagorno-Karabakh and occupied lands of Azerbaijan,” he stated.

“We have made lots of efforts to resolve the issue. Russia made some attempts as well. We are right now considering Russia’s suggestions, which suit our suggestions to Armenia,” he added.

Çavusoglu said Turkey will do its part on the issue, because “both our Russian and Azerbaijani friends want us to contribute to the subject.”

Armenia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tigran Balayan told news.am that Turkey has no business engaging in the Karabakh conflict resolution process, commenting of Cavusoglu’s claims.

“We are still sure that Turkey has no business engaging in the Karabakh conflict. The only benefit which the completely pro-Azerbaijani Turkey can provide is to stay away from the [Karabakh] resolution process as much as possible,” Balayan stressed.

Meanwhile, a source at the Turkish president’s office told Hurriyet that while the Turkey-Armenia normalization process might have been discussed by Erdogan and Putin, he confirmed that Turkey-Azerbaijan-Russia mechanism to address the Artsakh conflict was discussed in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

“The issue of founding a trilateral mechanism among Turkey, Russia and Azerbaijan was spoken of. Perhaps, within the framework of this issue, Armenia might have come on the agenda of the meetings,” a senior official from Erdogan’s office, speaking under customary condition of anonymity, added.

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  1. Ararat said:

    The Turkish terrorist-in-chief and ISIS collaborator Erdogan along with his lap dogs, the racisr anti-Armenian Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in particular, should be loaded onto a cargo plane and dumped over Central Asia. This would be the best contribution in this conflict resolution the Armenians can receive from the two-faced and double-talking Turkish hyenas!

    • Armen said:

      Do you remember what happened the last time they let the Turkish army in the gates?

  2. GB said:

    Ex KGB Putin knows how to play a perfect chess game with Turks and Axeris and Armenians!

  3. Vache said:

    Yes, and Chile, Nigeria and every country in the world is to contribute to a solution to Karabagh says Putin.
    North Korea too.
    How nice Putin is, huh?

  4. joe said:

    I blame Russia for most all of this. they are NO TRUE ALLY OF ARMENIA. Including Turkey? Kinda insulting don’t you think? And according to reports Iran is the only one wanting Armenia in these regional trade routes. The only thing I would want from Russia at this point is the rush factor of those 200 million worth of arms.. The Armenian army is the ONLY REAL guarantee of the motherland. And sorry to say Sarkysian just follows along stupidly, long enough to steal as much as he and his clan of thugs can from Armenia’s resources and the population at large. It was under his kingship that we lost to strategic hill tops needing to MOVE ENTIRE VILLAGES. If he’s not responsible who is? He needs to go.

    • Armen said:

      Russia is the closest we have to a friend. It would be suicidal to blow them off. Armenia is spending every penny it has on the military, the sooner this war ends and the blockade is lifted the sooner the actual nation building can start.

  5. joe said:

    One more thing: Armenia doesn’t need to capitulate to anything. My opinion is either status quo or final status preferential to Armenia, is what’s best. Who really cares about Azerbaijan, her dictators well being and the opinion of her people.? We have the lands. We won the war. the ONLY way Azerbaijan will get those back is by Armenia giving them up in a bad deal or from war.. War isn’t a real great option for Azerbaijan as well. The 4 day war proved that.. They lost lots for a few hilltops. All investments in trade routes also comes to a halt when there is war or threat of war.. GIVE UP NOTHING. Capitulation and betrayal from Russian pressure is what worries me the most. Otherwise, stay status quo while building up the army to the teeth..

  6. edward demian said:

    Sure thing! Ankara does have much to contribute. Cilicia, the Wilsonian Armenia award, compensation for the various genocides perpetrated……. much to contribute. Perhaps Turkey can donate some land to Azerbaijan. Land for peace right.

  7. HIRAIR said:

    turkish wolf in sheep’s cloth trying to act civilized in order to get his way Armenians can never trust turks because they do not know what humanity is

  8. Armen said:

    Stop freaking out! This is coming from the TURKS! Putin is not going to let them have a say on whatever plan he has for the region.

  9. Ari said:

    Let’s not be fooled. Putin and Russians will sell their mothers for money and personal gains- not to mention the current Armenian politicians.

    If Russia was a true ally, it would have torn the Moscow Treaty of 1923. But like Bolshoviks, the current Russian government would rather be in bed with Erdogan than defend the interests of the Armenians.

    Birds of a feather fly together!

  10. SAT said:

    Historically Armenia, as well as Azerbaijan and Georgia, have been toys for Russia, Persia, and Turkey, or pies that have been sliced between them. Russia has always treated Armenians favorably, for political reasons, i.e., for political/military gain against the other two. Peter the Great established this pro-Armenian policy, encouraging mass immigration of Armenians into Russia. Excerpts Luigi Villari “…the very generals commanding the Russian armies were often Armenians, such as Generals Lazareff and Ter-Gukassoff, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian forces in the Asiatic campaign of 1877 Loris Melikoff. The same Loris Melikoff afterwards became chief Minister to Alexander II; he was all-powerful for a time, and is believed to have drawn up a constitution which would have been promulgated had not the Tzar been assassinated in 1881.
    It is indeed safe to say that but for the Armenians, Russia would never have conquered the Caucasus. Baku, which had been handed back to Persia in 1735, was reoccupied in 1806 ; the province of Karabagh, which contained the semi-independent Armenian communities known as the Melikates, the last survivals of Armenian feudalism, in 1813; the khanates of Erivan and Nakhitchevan were conquered in 1828—29 after a last war with Persia ; this was a most important annexation from the Armenian point of view, for not only did the territory contain a large Armenian population, but it comprised the monastery of Etchmiadzin, the religious capital of Armenia, and a large number of Armenians fought on the Russian side. Akhaltzykh was occupied after the war with Turkey in 1829; and finally, in the campaign of 1877-78, Kars, which had already been twice taken from the Turks and given back to them, was definitely annexed. Numbers of Armenians emigrated from the districts which the Russians had occupied in these various campaigns but did not hold; thus 10,000 families from Erzerum followed the Russian army out of Turkey after the peace of Adrianople (1829), and 40,000 refugees from Azerbajan did the same after the Treaty of Turkoman Chai in the same year; other immigrations took place in 1878.
    The result of these conquests was that the bulk of the Armenians, formerly divided between Turkey and Persia, came to be divided between Russia and Turkey; Turkey has now 1,500,000 Armenian subjects, Russia 1,200,000, only a few hundred thousands remaining in Persia and other parts of the world.
    Under Russian auspices the Armenians flourished and progressed in every way, and from the status of miserable rayahs of Moslem taskmasters they rose rapidly to that of a wealthy and active bourgeoisie. We find them as bankers, merchants, shopkeepers, manufacturers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, engineers, and officials all over the Caucasus, and even in European Russia. The Baku oil industry is largely due to Armenian enterprise; at Tiflis, the ancient capital of Georgia, the Armenians form over a third of the population, have practically all the business of the town in their hands, own most of the house property, and constitute 80 per cent of the town council.
    The affection of the Armenian people for Russia is thus easy to understand. Under Russian rule, although subject to all the disabilities of citizens of an autocratic Empire, and to those entailed by a corrupt and inefficient bureaucracy, they were at least not liable to periodical massacres; no bar was placed on their advancement in any profession ; their property was comparatively secure ; and if the conditions of public safety in Transcaucasia left much to be desired, they were incomparably better than those obtaining in Turkey or Persia. The Russian Armenians tended to assimilate themselves to their rulers in many respects. Although attached to their nationality and language, they regarded themselves more or less as Russians, talked Russian almost as much as Armenian, at all events, in the towns, and even Russified their names by changing the terminations ian and iantz into off or eff.
    In the meanwhile the misgovernment and persecution of the Armenians in Turkey was going from bad to worse, and they were now beginning to dream of imitating the other Christian peoples of the Ottoman Empire, the Rumanians, the Greeks, the Serbs, and the Bulgars, and throwing off the Turkish yoke. In the middle of the XIX century Armenian societies were formed in Paris and elsewhere advocating the idea of a revived Armenian nation, and the history of the ancient Armenian kingdom was studied diligently and evoked visions. During the Russo-Turkish war of 1877 many Armenians were massacred by the Turks for their real or supposed complicity with the Russians. The Berlin Treaty and the Anglo-Turkish Convention of 1878 contained clauses obliging Turkey to institute reforms “ in the provinces inhabited by the Armenians.” But the reforms were never executed,…”
    The continuation is very well known…
    We don’t know what game Russia is playing with Turkey today. Putin once said he will follow Peter’s advice to cherish Armenians. I know Peter the Great is Putin’s idol. I don’t agree with the suggestions to say Russia goodbye and embrace NATO. I believe Armenia should find a way to maintain kinship with Russia, while keeping an upright posture, and in the same time integrate with Europe.

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