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  • Israel Is Important Factor for Turkey - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    parliamentary groups in the Congress think that excessive focus on this issue will only spoil the Turkish Israeli relations To some extent this issue could be projected on the Turkish Armenian relations when the United States does not allow for interest in this matter At the most dramatic moments of escalation of the Turkish Israeli relations it was understood that for Turkey this episode has a temporary character and matches its interests relating to the solution of issues of dominance in the Sunni world Iran did not interest Turkey which always realized that its main competitors and opponents were not the Arab states but Iran Therefore the breakup with Israel had nothing to do with Iran and it is possible that therefore the Iranians understood from the very beginning that this episode will soon disappear However the United States and Europe did not pay attention A similar attitude has formed in the Arab countries which made the continuation of the conflict with Israel meaningless Turkey has decided that it is time to restore relations with Israel especially that one of the Arab leaders Saudi Arabia is viewing Israel as a suitable partner in the fight against Iran However Turkey did not set up the expected relations with the Arab states about which the United States and its allies in the Arab world primarily Egypt took care at the very beginning Currently it may seem that the strategic doctrines of Turkey have died out and are extinct on the international arena but in fact Turkey has nothing to lose and it has got down to tougher methods of reacting to the ongoing events On the other hand Turkey s foreign policy is disunited and Ankara is at a loss but one has to take into account that Turkey does not give up because it would mean capitulation Apparently Turkey has worked out stage by stage or maybe also package tactical and strategic approached which are applied to different countries and stages In this regard one of the devices in the region was the creation of a triple alliance including Turkey Saudi Arabia and Israel These countries have a lot in common especially Turkey and Israel which conducted a close policy on weapons intelligence and economy for decades All the three countries appeared in a difficult situation and cannot tell that they have reliable partners They are surrounded by rivals and the main goal of their foreign policy is the efforts to surround Iran with enemies Turkey has realized that while it keeps away from the fight with Turkey it harms the interests of the Arab states and Israel This has done no good to Turkey and will not become the basis for successful competition However the issue is different Turkey continues to hope that the confrontation with Iran is a short term task whereas the goal is not Iran but the United States which Turkey and Israel and Saudi Arabia would love to set aside and have a chance to resolve

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  • Track 1: Will British Ships Sail Armenian Mountains This Time? - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    the red line runs which the Armenian side does not want to cross It is difficult to say what conclusions Lidington drew but after his return to London the NKR President Bako Sahakyan was invited to Chatham House Later on Edward Nalbandyan presented the foreign policy of Armenia at this influential institute Now Davit Tonoyan is in London The interest of the UK in the Karabakh conflict is not accidental 100 years ago the UK witnessed the transfer of Karabakh to Azerbaijan if not a participant in a certain sense The British troops were in Baku and according to the historians at the last moment Andranik decided not to go to Shushi after a secret meeting with the envoys of the British General Thomson And since the situation is apparently returning to the situation that was there 100 years ago namely there is a possibility of revision of borders in the region the UK is showing interest in the processes Although such interest has never disappeared In 2003 a US UK consortium was created to which four NGOs joined then The consortium was supposed to seek ways of settlement of the Karabakh conflict at the level of popular diplomacy track

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  • Russian Patriarch in Even More Awkward Situation - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    times including through participation in the events organized by the Armenian Apostolic Church First of all it should be noted that the answer of the Russian church has been communicated through the communication office of the Holy Sea However a clarification should be sought and claimed and received instead of becoming the communicator of the clarification of the Russian church the spokesman for Cyril Cyril made his statement on Rossiya Channel which is broadcast to an audience of tens and hundreds of millions Hence the Russian church must be demanded to give a clarification in a way that is adequate to that audience instead of receiving and reporting some information In addition this information is absurd What does it mean Cyril meant periods in the history of Ottoman Turkey when there was stability and security for the Christians The Christians were not chased in the Near East always their trouble began two three years ago and before that they used to live in both Syria and Iraq Hence there were stages of security and stability almost everywhere When Cyril gives the example of those periods in Ottoman Turkey as his spokesman explained Cyril puts on scales those 1 5 2 million Armenians displaced or killed in Ottoman Turkey and the periods of security and stability In fact according to Cyril the destiny of 2 million killed Armenians is equal to those periods of security and stability Hence while trying to soften Cyril s statement his spokesman actually exposed Cyril made his encroachment against the memory of millions of innocent Armenians more striking The statement that the stance on the genocide of Armenians is unchanged does not mean anything because even with that logic Turkey may say it has condemned the genocide because some of the leaders of the government of

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  • Russia's Shocking Gift to Armenia - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    by notorious Dima Kiselyov Interestingly Cyril made his statement in an interview with Kiselyov This is a clear case of politics In 1995 the Russian Duma condemned the Armenian genocide by mistake as a well known Russian statement said Then Moscow hurried to reassure Ankara right away that the Duma s act will have no legal and political implications Further actions showed that Moscow has kept its promise The Russian president Putin attending the ceremony to mark the centenary of the Armenian genocide did not utter the word genocide a single time Moreover he was reluctant to visit Yerevan for a long time After the Russian warplane had been downed Putin confessed that Moscow had always been ready for a lot in regard to sensitive issues for Turkey It is understood that the Armenian issues namely the genocide and the Karabakh conflict are among those sensitive issues The Armenian issues have always been a token in the relations with Turkey For example it was announced after the downing of the plane that the Russian Duma may discuss a bill criminalizing the Armenian genocide We deal with the Armenia Russia Turkey classics In 1995 the State Duma adopted the law on recognition when it had departed from the Caucasus and there was a concern that Armenia could appear in the Western camp Russia remembers about the Armenian issues only when it becomes weak and faces political and economic problems When Russia departs from the Caucasus it remembers about the Armenian issues in order to retain Armenia As soon as it returns it sacrifices those issues to the relations with Turkey because it can establish its presence in the Caucasus only with the help of Turkey now also Azerbaijan This model was effective in the early 20 th century and the 90s

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  • Manslaughter of the Avetisyan Family Was a Planned Political Act - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    base It has been adjourned till January 18 on the request of the counsel for the defense Edward Aghajanyan to get acquainted with the case On December 18 the advocates of the injured party suggested that Permyakov is a member of the Satanist sect and the murder was a sacrifice to the Satan The advocates filed a motion to check whether Permyakov is a member of the sect and whether he had received an order to kill It is not ruled out that this story becomes the main version and the horrible manslaughter is ascribed to the Satan On January 12 13 14 of the year 2015 the entire Armenia was boiling People were praying for the stabbed 6 month old to survive But he died and the instinct of self defense pushed people to the Russian base The governor of Shirak region was able to redirect the wave of human anger from the Russian military base to the building of the Prosecutor General s Office It allowed avoiding a bloodshed which some people may have been waiting for There was torturing silence in the offices of Moscow and Yerevan and the destiny of the region was in the hands of the indignant people armed with stones only Now one can only make a simulation of developments if the demonstrations in Gyumri escalated to bloodshed and clashes with the Russian base It could end up in announcing Russian jurisdiction over Gyumri and end of Armenia or the end of the Russian presence in Armenia and the Caucasus However the status quo did not change Judging by the statements of Russian experts Moscow hoped that the Armenians would take more drastic steps and they would answer Modest Kolerov for example says that Gyumri must become a city around the Russian base

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  • Russia and Turkey Are in a Hurry - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    moods in the absence of left ideas At the same time the military circles have the understanding that the radical turn from the United States will one way or another lead to a loss of the support of the entire Western community in the result of which Turkey will suffer immense losses in the economic and political spheres and the value of Turkey for the countries of Eurasia and the Near East will decrease significantly The military have doubts that the current political elites in Turkey taking the path of confrontation with the United States can observe balance in the relations between the West and the East The high ranking officers of the armed forces doubt that Turkey will be able to gain alternative partners in the East political support economic markets and sources of investments The Turkish experts working in Washington note that the United States has concerns that Turkey may make partners with Russia China India and other Asian countries in the economic sphere Apparently there do exist such worries in Washington indeed and the United States has not held a substantial discussion on scenarios of possible developments preferences and Turkey s ability to become involved in the giant game in Asia in the capacity of a partner Pentagon has come closer to the understanding of Turkey s real prospects which does not think that Turkey will manage to become a full right member of the Asian great powers Analysts working for Pentagon think the most realistic scenario is Turkey will not be let inside the club of the Arab states or the club of the Asian great powers Besides Turkey will not be able to become a strategic partner to Iran because the Iranians are afraid of setting up their confidential game in Turkey Pentagon thinks that Turkey will retain its status of a regional macro power but it will hardly get over the strategic isolation which results from concerns of its neighbors and other countries of the regions Analysts working for Pentagon think that isolation is Turkey s destiny though sometimes different countries come up with initiatives with a view to gaining benefits from the relations with Turkey mostly the economic ones These analysts think that the United States must keep in reserve the main factor of pressure on Turkey more exactly real opportunities for its geopolitical blockade this is the creation of regional limitations to the increase of Turkish influence on the U S policy These experts think that the United States can always use these levers with high effectiveness and productiveness but there is no need to hurry to use these methods In this systems policy Iran will always have the role of an observer of Turkey s geopolitical isolation not the role of a reliable partner to Turkey and will become one of the participants of the geopolitical blockade These assumptions are fully supported by experts who are related to Israel s interests Pentagon understands clearly that Turkey has initiated an independent game

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  • Turkey's Role in the Western Community - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    could not care less for the hostile dialogue between Turkey and Israel At one time the United States understood that it is impossible to ignore and limit influence as well as rule of the Muslim Brothers in Arab countries which has led to negotiations and mutual understanding between the United States and the brothers in Egypt The United States bid n the Sunni political parties which were connected with the United States the UK and France in one way or another for a long time According to the expert the Muslim brothers became a ready model for use by the Americans for projecting and forming partners in the Arab states This circumstance proves to some extent our supposition that the United States is radicalizing Islam in Turkey An overview of the developments in Arab states allows assuming that the Americans are experimenting with bringing to government moderate Islam organizations and this is important for the understanding of the processes in Turkey At one time the United States bid on Sunni states and tried to block the Shiite countries Iran and Syria which was expected to weaken the pretensions of the Shiites to Iraq The United States took a big risk because Turkey could take the initiative at some point Apparently however the plan of the Americans was based on the assumption that the United States will be able to prevent the dependence and strong influence of Turkey on the Near East Europe the European Union and leading European countries are interested in cooperation with Turkey in the Near East because it provides a lot of advantages In Ankara they think that the attitude of the Europeans and Americans to Turkey is quite cynical and there is truth in this because the West is trying to force Turkey to fulfill goals which are necessary for the Western countries and at the same time limit Turkey s foreign policy The Western community intends to use Turkey s abilities first of all in the Near East including in regard to Syria and Iran and at the same time limiting its ambitions and preventing the growth of its influence in the region The European Union would love the United States to keep Turkey under control because aside from the current obvious problems soon new quite different problems relating to Turkey may occur The United States is carrying out this role in the framework of its strategy but apparently they are not going to resolve fully the problems relating to Turkey s claims primarily with those who pose threats and trouble for Europe Turkey has acted as a fort against Iran but this is more important to the United States than to Europe In this case Turkey acts not as a NATO member but as a country which conducts a policy of solidarity with the United States and European countries At the same time the Libyan prime minister shows that Turkey is not a reliable and predictable partner for the leading Western states The United

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  • Armenia Is Cut Off from Eurasian Union - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    was issues relating to cutting the duration of the process of customs formalities for batches and vehicles in Upper Lars Apparently Russia and Armenia cannot resolve the problem of transit via Georgia It is not only the weather and geography which make this strategic road impassable for half of the year Russia has not been able to resolve issues relating to customs formalities with Georgia The point is that the Eurasian Union which Armenia joined a year ago should have brought simplified procedures for trade with Russia However Georgia applies the bilateral trade procedures not the Eurasian procedures Besides Georgia like Ukraine has signed the Free Trade Agreement with the EU and now all the paperwork is done in accordance with the EU rules and regulations As is known the European Union has no binding agreements with the Eurasian Union Apparently it has been a long time Armenia asked Russia to apply the bilateral format of transit trade via the Georgian territory instead of forcing the Eurasian customs regulations However it seems that Russia cannot rid of the Eurasian illusions Sometimes the Armenian exporters are unable to hide their anger when they tell about humiliating delays checks and issues they come across at the Russian Georgian border In addition problems occur on both Georgian and Russian sides These problems have got worse since January 1 Recently the chair of the Association of Manufacturers and Employers Arsen Ghazaryan has called on the Armenian exporters to get used to what is happening in Russia Similar calls are heard in Russia where the citizens are asked to be patient and stand attacks against Russia But why would Armenia be patient Armenia and Russia have different neighbors different foes and different interests Armenia should be guided by its own interests as Kazakhstan does which

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