Expert in Turkic studies Ara Papyan spoke of the regional developments at a meeting with reporters on Monday.
He dwelt on the current developments in Turkey. He pointed out the importance of a pro-Kurdish party’s election to Turkey’s Parliament as the Kurdish movement is entering a new stage.
“If we view the situation in the context of Armenia’s interests, it is quite favorable for us as Turkey is increasingly dealing with its own problems. Therefore, its role in the south Caucasus developments, particularly in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, is diminishing,” Mr Papyan said.
On the other hand, Turkey’s relations with the west are getting worse.
“It is obvious that, taking advantage of the struggle against the Islamic state, turkey is seeking its minor interests in a big game – struggling against Christians,” Mr Papayan said.
Speaking of the upcoming elections in Turkey, Mr Papyan said that the nationalist movement will be gaining strength, with more anti-Armenian statements.
“Let us wait until November, an anti-Armenia and anti-Christian wave,” he said.
Speaking of Azerbaijan, Mr Papyan sad that the situation that state and its leader Ilham Aliyev are in is hardly enviable.
“Azerbaijan is seeing obviously growing discontent. They are well aware that, if they resort to military operations, they have to do it within a year. However, they cannot,” the expert said.
According to him, a negative attitude to Azerbaijan is being shaped in Turkey.
“Turks are aware the Azerbaijani are only ethnically identical to them, whereas they are different in all other respects.”