As for Ankara, Yerevan is changing the language of the conversation, urging to move from words to acts, although the appearance of the Turkish embassy in Armenia may be accompanied by violence and mass manifestations of public complaint in the current situation. But Armenian-Turkish reconciliation is not an internal political issue of the two neighboring countries. This is a part of a new Caucasian game that is just beginning.
Answering the questions of deputies, Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Ayvazyan said that Yerevan “expects the Turkish border to be opened.” According to him, “the closure of the borders with Turkey was based on the status quo in Karabakh, which has now changed.” Turkey has no other reason to keep the borders with Armenia closed. ” In some way Ayvazyan is right. The status quo in Artsakh has changed abruptly after the signing of the trilateral peace agreement between Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia to end the Karabakh war. The clauses of the agreement, which plan to unblock all communication corridors, including between Azerbaijan and “Nakhichevan” through the territory of Armenia and the process of normalization of relations with Turkey. But there are also important nuances.
The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the first to speak in Baku about the possibility of normalization of relations between Ankara and Yerevan after the Karabakh war. Afterwards, Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu mentioned during a video conference of the OSCE Foreign Ministers, said that “after the signing of the trilateral agreement on Karabakh, Turkey counts on the normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations.” In his words, “we have never looked at Armenia, we have never demanded its territory, today there is a real opportunity to establish neighborly relations between our countries.”
However, if earlier Pashinyan announced the possibility of restoring relations with Turkey “without preconditions”, then Ayvazyan demanded a historic report from Turkey almost from the moment of Armenia’s independence in a joint briefing with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on December 7, 2020. He recalled that the majority of people in Armenia and the Diaspora are the generation that lived through “the first genocide of the 20th century.” He outlined the blockade factor by Turkey, which has been going on since 1993, citing the “Zurich Protocols” signed in October 2009, which Ankara refused to implement. Based on the latter, Ayvazyan said. “Ankara should have won Armenia’s trust.”