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made regarding Nagorno-Karabakh who said that Armenian-Turkish relations would only normalize when Armenian troops are withdrawn from “at least five regions of Nagorno-Karabakh.”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.