Time for Russia to think about allies
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 11
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Despite that Turkey's authorities have repeatedly announced their readiness to open archives to shed light on the 1915 events, Armenia still, at all costs, avoids participation in this process.
This is another evidence that there has never been an "Armenian genocide" in the history. On the contrary. There are numerous facts indicating that it were the Armenian armed gangs who exterminated the Muslim population, as well as other peoples in Anatolia during the 1915 events.
Aside from that, the evidence of Armenian terrorism, mass murders of the civilians, committed in early 20th century, can be found in any region of Azerbaijan.
As Turkey will be on April 24 celebrating the centenary of the victory in the Canakkale battle, Armenia is going to mourn over the "victims" of the so-called Armenian genocide, which also presents an alternative income source for the Armenian government.
Over 500,000 people were killed in the Canakkale battle, which took place during the World War I. Turks lost 57,000 people in the battle. And among the battle's participants there were the Azerbaijanis.
In Turkey, the Canakkale battle is called "the battle of gentlemen." The country's officials have repeatedly said that this clash was one of the bloodiest in Turkey's history, but the conflicting sides never forgot about humaneness even under the condition of war.
The celebrations that are to take place on April 24 in Turkey will be attended by the heads of some 50 countries.
Despite the fact that the Turkish authorities have invited the Armenian president to take part in the festivities, Serzh Sargsyan refused to participate in this "gentlemen's club", proving to the world that Armenia has no place in it.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also invited the Russian President Vladimir Putin to this "gentleman's club."
Earlier, the Russian media reported that the Russian leader will not go to Turkey, however, he will take part in the celebrations of the "centennial" of the so-called Armenian genocide in Yerevan. But recently Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov made a statement that the country will be represented at a high level in the memorial events scheduled by Turkish partners in Canakkale. This suggests that Vladimir Putin's visit to Yerevan may not take place, and it means that Russia cherishes relations with Turkey.
Considering the Russian-Turkish relations, one can say that they are developing intensively, despite differences in the issues of Syrian and Ukrainian crises.
The trade turnover between Moscow and Ankara in 2014 amounted to approximately $31 billion, according to the Turkish Statistics Institute.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during last year's meeting with Vladimir Putin in Ankara said that the countries intend to bring bilateral trade to $100 billion within five years.
Turkish president's visit in Moscow is expected at the end of 2015, the purpose of which is to further develop economic relations with Russia.
In addition, the countries are implementing the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant energy project, which will be completed in 2022.
The parties also intend to implement a project on construction of the gas pipeline "Turkish Stream", which is vital for Moscow at the moment.
Against the background of an economic union between Ankara and Moscow, the economic partnership between Yerevan and Moscow remains in the shadows. By the end of 2014, the trade turnover between Armenia and Russia was approximately $1.5 billion.
Given all this, one can say that the time has come for Russia to think about the allies. Moscow must make a choice between Ankara and the dependent Yerevan.
Edited by SI
Rufiz Hafizoglu is the head of Trend Agency's Arabic news service, follow him on Twitter: @rhafizoglu