Relations With Turkey ‘Good For Armenia-NATO Ties’

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BELGIUM (RFE/RL)–The normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey will foster closer cooperation between NATO and Armenia and improve its image in the ex-Soviet republic, an official from the U.S.-led alliance said on Tuesday.

“I think that with the warming of Armenia’s relations with Turkey, the alliance’s [cooperation] opportunities in the country will increase, Zbigniew Rybacki, a NATO liaison officer for the Caucasus, told a news conference in Yerevan.

Rybacki argued that many Armenians still mistrust NATO because of their pro-Russian sentiment and Turkey’s membership in the alliance. “Certainly, the not-so-good perception of the alliance within Armenian society has been affected by the lack of relations between your country and Turkey,” he said. “Turkey is a member of NATO and the Armenian population, having this in mind, perceives the alliance through relations or lack of relations with Turkey.”

“Therefore, I believe that as soon as you establish diplomatic relations and open borders with Turkey, in some time — it’s not going to happen very soon but in some time — the perception of your population of the alliance will be much better than now,” added Rybacki.

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  1. Lusik said:

    Here now it comes, the second episode of the Plan.
    First, there will be no “cooperation” between NATO and Armenia, because they are not equal partners. But, after becoming a member, there will be full obedience expected from Armenia whatever is the nature of an order issued.
    Second, like in any military system, there will be “dedovshchina”. Armenia, as a freshman, will be constantly kicked off, humiliated and intimidated.
    Third, NATO’s third or fourth level officer gives assurances and Armenia is buying it for giving up Artsakh? Is it a just coincidence that NATO-people are in Armenia, when time came to destabilize the country and force fast “solution” to Artsakh problem?
    Hey, advisors to the Armenian President, wake up!

  2. Lusik said:

    Armenia becomes a vilayet of Turkey. It is clear that the situation is out of Armenian President’s control. As a result of Zurich’s Protocol Armenia dropped his political credit to zero. This means, no political power. Armenia loses its independence, if Protocol is ratified. Armenia becomes a vilayet of Turkey. Anything, any country wants will be given away. Azerbaijan will easily grab his piece – Artsakh, from the plate of Turkey. UK, France, Russia, Israel (you name) will not move a single finger. The USA has started working toward that already many months ahead.

    Call for resignation of Mr. Sargsyan (Sarkisian).

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