Ruben Safrastyan: Developments in the Middle East getting chaotic

Artak Barseghyan

The developments in the Middle East are getting chaotic, Director of the Oriental Studies Institute, expert of Turkish studies Ruben Safrastyan told a press conference today. According to him, this is caused by the “Arab spring,” the interference of the West and some regional countries, he said, adding that the situation is really worrisome in this regard.

Touching upon the continuous riots in Turkey, Ruben Safrastyan noted that despite the economic growth, the years of Erdogan’s government are characterized by authoritarianism, which thousands are protesting against at Gezi Park.

As a result, a new political force might emerge before the local elections in Turkey next spring, Safrastyan said. He did not rule out, however, that Erdogan might undertake adventurism and launch short-term military actions in Syria to reinforce his positions.

Director of the Oriental Studies Institute welcomes the legal solutions of consequences of the Armenian Genocide. At the same time, he doubts whether the Armenian party is ready to transfer the issue to the legal field.

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