Azerbaijan opposed improvement of Armenia-Turkey relations

The recent warming in Armenia-Turkey relations brought to discontent of Azerbaijan, a strategic partner of Turkey. The two countries implement double-side blockade against Armenia since 1993, the reason was that Armenia demands the recognition of 1.5 million Armenians genocide in Western Armenia and the rest of Ottoman Empire starting from 1876-1923, which Turkey denies. The other reason was Artsakh (Karabakh) war, initiated by Azerbaijan aiming at preventing the independence of Artsakh, which once was granted to Azerbaijan in early 20s of 20th century by Josef Stalin.

During the referendum organized within the frames of Artsakh (Karabakh) in 1991 the people of the region has made their decision of solving the mistake made by Stalin in the start of 20th century and leave the structure of Azerbaijan according to the Soviet Constitution acting at that moment. The followed military actions initiated by Azerbaijani officials aiming at preventing the independence of Artsakh brought to a war lasted until 1994, factual capitulation of Azerbaijan and signing of unlimited ceasefire.

Today Armenia goes towards rapprochement with Turkey, as well as Turkey started positive steps towards its neighbour, but Azerbaijan doesn’t seem to wish normalization of relations in the South Caucasus: since the time Turkish president accepted its Armenian counterpart invitation, Azerbaijan mass-media stated a complete hysteria aimed at blocking any positive steps towards Armenia. The highest levels of Azerbaijani government claimed in panic confronting messages against Turkish steps towards the improvement of situation in South Caucasus. The Department head of Azerbaijani President’s Office warns:

Turkish President’s visit to Armenia is not the one to be forgotten tomorrow… We will see everything in a month or two. Maybe, those criticizing this visit will repent for its consequences. Theoretically, it is also possible

In any case Turkish president visited Armenia and met Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan. Turkish and Armenian mass-media claim this visit will serve a good basis for common rapprochement of both societies, the time of confrontation is left behind and tense relations are not wished either in Armenia, or in Turkey.

It seems all the parts interested in stabilization and improvement of the situation in South Caucasus are satisfied with the current situation, but Azerbaijan. The special rapporteur of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on Nagorno Karabakh and Georgia Goran Lennmarker says:

Improvement of relations between Armenia and Turkey will have positive influence on the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict

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