Turkey is now spearheading a special plan to pursue its interests in the South Caucasus in coalition with Georgia and Azerbaijan, an expert in oriental studies said today, commenting on a recently held meeting between the three countries’ foreign ministers.
According to Ruben Safrastyan, Director of the National Academy’s Institute on Oriental Studies, Armenia’s best choice in the circumstances is to create an alliance with Georgia and Azerbaijan.
“I think our diplomacy must try to counteract to this process by creating a bloc uniting Armenia, Georgia and Iran and deepen [the relations between the three countries]. This is the only choice left,” he said at a news conference.
Safrastyan also warned of potential hazards to the region.
“The future for the South Caucasus is, in my deepest conviction, a bloc of integrated states working on joint solutions to economic development issues. The chances decrease in case of opting for isolation,” he said, citing forecasts also by western theorists.
Asked to comment on the “Azerbaijani laundermat” scandal, Safrastyan said he expects far deeper processes and developments in the near future.
“We have repeatedly stated that Azerbaijan uses unlawful methods to push ahead with its interests,” he said, stressing the necessity of strong diplomatic, as well as civil society efforts to raise the urgency of the problem.