Lavrov Believes Turkey Plays Positive Role in Karabakh Conflict

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavriv. (Source: Ilya Pitalev/TASS)

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov. (ITAR-TASS Photo)

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—Turkey can play a positive role in Nagorno-Karabakhh settlement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday, TASS reports.

“The fact that Turkey can play a positive role, ensuring the unblocking of Nagorno-Karabakh, ensuring normal economic cooperation in the region – is a major factor that we always have in mind,” he told reporters in Yerevan.

“If Armenia and Turkey get back to the implementation of their agreements without reference to the Karabakh conflict, we will only be glad. But our feeling is that progress in the Karabakh settlement will be crucial for seeing Armenian-Turkish relations normalized,” Lavrov said.

On Wednesday, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan responded to a statement that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s made regarding Nagorno-Karabakh who said that Armenian-Turkish relations would only normalize when Armenian troops are withdrawn from “at least five regions of Nagorno-Karabakh.”

“Another attempt of the Foreign Minister of Turkey to distort the Nagorno-Karabakh negotiation process proves once again what we have been emphasized on numerous occasions that Turkey should be kept away from the settlement process as far as possible,” Kocharyan responded.

“If Ankara really wanted to normalize relations with Armenia, it would have then ratified and implemented the Armenian-Turkish protocols signed back in 2009,” Kocharyan continued.


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  1. Edward Demiraiakian said:

    Well, can’t NK forces defend it’s border by itself? Armenian forces to intervene if needed? That does not mean vacating those regions. Unless the Azery’s consider NK military to be Armenian forces. I think Armenia needs to withdraw from the talks and pass the batton to NK.

  2. serop said:

    Has Lavarov drunk too much tea in Istanbul laced with Hashish? Because either he has been bought out or has lost his mind
    Turkey will never play a positive role with anything to do with Armenia, their hate for Armenians. Kurds & Alevies is a sickness that cannot be cured.
    If Lavraov thinks that, then he must push Turkey to open the border first
    Looks like Armenia yet again is being sold out by the Russians, pity the blood of Hay that runs in Lavarovs body

  3. GB said:

    There is no more room left, for Armenian politicians to play a Turkish wedding dance music, but there is plenty of room, for Putin, who can play Russian lullaby!

  4. Tavit said:

    When Armenia has Russia as a friend, then Armenia does not need any enemy. Read the Armenian history to find out how many times Russians stabbed Armenians from back.