Russia is ready to contribute to the normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on June 23, Armenia's news.am website reported.
He made the remarks at a joint press conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian.
Regarding the possible assistance of Russia in improving the Armenian-Turkish relations, Nalbandian said that Lavrov was present in signing the Armenian-Turkish protocols in Zurich, adding that Russia's position has been reflected in numerous statements.
Sergei Lavrov, for his part, emphasized Russia's readiness that was expressed before and after the signing of the protocols, to assist in the normalization of relations. He also expressed readiness to assist in building infrastructure. At the same time, Lavrov said that the parties have the last word.
Turkey and Armenia have no diplomatic relations and the border between the countries has been closed since 1993. This was caused by Armenian claims for international recognition of the so-called genocide and occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia.
The Turkish government has repeatedly stated that relations between Ankara and Yerevan will be restored after Armenia withdraws from the occupied Azerbaijani territories.
Edited by CN