YEREVAN. – Turkey has returned to the region 100 years later to continue its genocidal policy against Armenians. Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated this at Monday’s special sitting of the National Assembly, during the latter’s debates on the matter of electing a new prime minister of Armenia, responding to an MP’s question about the recent US presidential recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire.
The acting premier recalled that earlier, he had noted that this US move was based on four factors: one long-term, one medium-term, and two short-term.
Among the short-term factors, Pashinyan mentioned the 44-day war in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) last fall, and Turkey's direct participation in it—on Azerbaijan’s side. "In almost all the interviews with the international media, I have noted that Turkey has returned to the region 100 years later to continue its genocidal policy against the Armenians. Naturally, in this context, of course, the issue of genocide and the 44-day war have been linked to one another," added the acting Armenian premier.
Also, he recalled the "secession for salvation" formula, which he also mentioned many times in his interviews during the aforesaid war. Pashinyan stressed that this formula is mentioned more and more often in the context of the Artsakh issue.