Hakob Chakryan: The Syrian crisis may have unpredictable consequences

Artak Barseghyan

The Syrian crisis that started from March 2011 may have unpredictable consequences, taking into consideration the diversity of opposition forces and anti-government groups and the different political views, expert of Turkish studies Hakob Chakryan told a press conference today.

According to him, this means that the war aimed at overthrowing of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime will still bring a number of senseless losses, since its perspective are rather vague.

The Syrian war has become a matter of geopolitical struggle between the West on one hand and Russia and China on the other hand, and it’s only Syria suffering as a result. Besides, the Syrian opposition is represented by 16 separate forces, while the Free Syrian Army is divided into four groups.

According to the expert, the lack of unity among inside the opposition can result in a vacuum of power in case of the possible overthrowing of Assad’s regime, as there is no force on the political field of Syria that can assume the power.

Hakob Chakryan wonders what served as a reason for the aggravation of once warm relations between Syria and Turkey. He considers that it’s a priority for Turkey to increase its influence in the region against the background of the “Arab spring.” Most probably, the West does not okay these aspirations. Furthermore, Turkey lacks the potential of becoming a regional superpower and is moving in the wrong direction.

According to Chakryan, Turkey is not ready to restart dialogue with Armenia today under the burden of internal and external problems. As for Armenia, no steps in this direction should be expected on the part of Yerevan. “As it is known, it’s Turkey’s turn to make a step in the Yerevan-Ankara game,” he concluded.

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