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The Syrian issue has become a burr in the saddle of the Arab spring scriptwriters, turcologist Anush Hovhannisyan said at the Oct 8 press conference in Yerevan.
She said that the U.S. and NATO expected no such protraction of the Syrian conflict, as according to their scenario, the problem should have been settled within the shortest possible period of time, like in the case of Egypt and Libya. In addition, the Kurdish factor, specifically, the creation of autonomy has not been taken into consideration. "The U.S. and NATO have reached a deadlock, they cannot start military actions, because the presidential elections in
the USA are in the offing; they cannot step back, as this will demonstrate NATO's infirmity. So, they only have to wait, but nobody knows how long", she said.
In the meantime, the turcologist thinks that NATO is trying to change the situation by means of Turkey, which failed to receive any support after the first blow on Syria and suffered essential losses. Hovhannisyan said that when delivering blows on Syria, official Ankara hoped to benefit from the current situation, however, it came across three problems: the extremely long resistance of Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, which may freeze the situation; the lack of the allies' support; and the protest of the Turkish people. The expert thinks that in case of creation of Kurdish autonomy in Syria, Turkey will by all means start military actions, because official Ankara cannot admit the increase of the Kurdish influence.
To recall, on October 4 NATO held an extraordinary session in connection with the incident on the Turkish-Syrian border. Brussels qualified it as an outrageous violation of the international law. NATO demanded that Damascus should stop any aggressive actions against Turkey immediately. Turkey made target attacks in Syria.