Protocols Ratification Way Out Of Russian Dependence For Armenia: Op

PROTOCOLS RATIFICATION WAY OUT OF RUSSIAN DEPENDENCE FOR ARMENIA: OPINION

Tert
Oct 28 2009
Armenia

Further rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey is possible, though
the countries pursue different goals, said Igor Tomberg, professor at
the Moscow State University of International Relations and Director
of the Oriental Studies Institute Center for Energy and Transport
Research at the Russian Academy of Sciences, reports Azerbaijani news
agency Today.az.

"In fact, both countries are interested in establishment of normal
diplomatic relations. Turkey is interested in becoming a regional power
while Armenia seeks a way out of the complete dependence on Russia,"
Tomberg said.

"In the end, the protocols will be ratified as opposition to
rapprochement between the two countries come mainly from outside.

Armenian Diaspora (especially in Europe) states some concerns in
Europe about intensified efforts and strengthening of Turkey. Russia
is also concerned with its ally country’s gaining additional
manoeuvre. However, it will retain a neutral and consistent position."

Tomberg said the process of settlement of the Karabakh problem has
not come to a halt.

"Attempts to find a solution have intensified. Russia does not want
to give initiative in the region to Turkey. So it has intensified
peacekeeping activity. While solutions are not available, the chances
have increased," the professor said.

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