Turkey’s conflicts with regional partners ‘in Armenia’s interests’ – expert

11:40 • 10.02.18



Turkey’s maximum engagement in political problems, its conflicts with both allies and non-allies, is in the interests of Armenia against the backdrop of current regional developments, according to Arab Petrosyan, a specialist in Arab Studies.


Commenting on Turkey’s  military operations in Afrin and their possible impact on Armenia, the expert said he does not predict high chances for the country to strengthen its positions in Syria’s north.


“What we see now are the deteriorating relations between Turkey and the regional role-players, as well as the Iranian and Syrian authorities. So I do not rule out a further conflict between the United States and Turkey, and problems, which will be more profound in essence,” he told Tert.am.


Noting that the United States never had a serious military presence in Afrin, the expert also agreed that the country could not have severely criticized Turkey. Instead, he noted, the US military has special detachments in Manbrij, as well as military experts who train the Kurdish self-defense forces in the Syrian town.

 

“The conflict in Syria has entered into a period of heavy escalations since the launch of the military operations in Afrin on January 20,” Petrosyan added.

 

The expert agreed that the tensions have been high also between Turkey and the pro-Assad regimes, especially Russia and the United States.

 

“The Turkish-Russian agreements, concluded so far to secure the Turkish armed forces’ progress on Syria’s territory, do not in any way satisfy Iran. We see the obvious unrest – on both the political level and in the form of certain sponsored groups’ anti-Turkish operations in Syria,” he noted.

 

 

 

 

Hakob Aslanyan





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