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Earlier, the Russian authorities declared that the statements by President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Crimea pertaining to Turkey won’t have an impact on the strategic cooperation between Ankara and Moscow and the future course of negotiations. In particular, the Kremlin declared that Turkey’s position will be considered, but right after Erdogan’s speech in Idlib (Syria), the armies of the Russian Federation and Syria launched joint large-scale offensive operations targeted against the soldiers of armed pro-Turkish formations. This is what Turkologist Andranik Ispiryan said during Armenian News-NEWS.am’s show TALK TIME.

The analyst also recalled that the Turkish president had previously visited the US and intended to meet with the US President, but the meeting wasn’t held.

“To take revenge over Washington, Erdogan tried to organize a meeting with President of Russia Vladimir Putin as soon as possible in order to show US President Biden the possible risk of Turkey taking Russia’s side,” Ispiryan clarified.

“Putin and Erdogan discussed the points in the peace treaty that Armenia and Azerbaijan might sign. In this case, Erdogan was most concerned about the corridor issue,” Ispiryan said, adding that Erdogan knows very well that Russia is the guarantor of Armenia’s security and that his position can’t be overlooked.

The Turkologist said that, by analyzing the statements of Moscow and Ankara, he got the impression that Turkey failed to defend its positions in regard to Syria and Armenia.

“Yes, it was stated that the status-quo will be maintained and nothing more. Basically, this meeting was ineffective for Ankara,” Ispiryan said.

Nevertheless, according to the analyst, Russia and Turkey are simply compelled to cooperate in order to maintain their influence in the region and the whole world. In addition, through this cooperation, Russia is succeeding in splitting NATO.

“Moscow managed to divide Turkey and the West, which, in essence, is Turkey’s ally. Russia needs to continue to maintain Turkey in its sphere of influence,” the Turkologist emphasized.

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