by Marianna Mkrtchyan
No progress in the Armenian-Turkish relations is expected in the short run, turkologist Hakob Chakryan told reporters, Thursday.
He said Ankara's anti-Armenian policy has not changed over years. "Normalizing relations with Armenia is not a priority for Turkey now," he said.
As regards President Serzh Sargsyan's invitation to his Turkish counterpart to visit Armenia in 2015, when events dedicated to the Armenian Genocide's centennial will be held throughout the country, Chakryan said it was a peculiar answer to Recep Erdogan's April 23 condolences to the Armenian people over the tragic events of the early 20th century. "Erdogan said that the ball is on Armenia's pitch again. Therefore, Sargsyan threw it back to Turkey's pitch. It was a good step by the president of Armenia," the expert said.
He thinks Ankara's policy of "zero problems of neighbors" has failed. Not only Turkey has problems with all its neighbors, but also lacks ambassadors to some countries.