Turkey to blame for the failure of normalization of relations with Armenia, US Amb. says

The process of normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations failed because of Turkey, US Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern said at the meeting with students at Synopsys Armenia R&D Center.

He considers that the Presidents of Armenia and Turkey demonstrated courage by signing the protocols on establishment of bilateral relations. However, Ankara set preconditions and failed to ratify the documents, he said.

”According to the agreement, there had to be no preconditions. However, Turkey tried to link the process to the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict,” he said, adding that Turkey is now expected to take a step.

“Armenia offered its hand, while Turkey failed to make a step forward,” Heffnern added.

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