Public Radio of Armenia
At this point the Ukrainian developments are taking place in a “four-sided propaganda war,” involving Ukraine, Russia, the West and Turkey, expert of Turkish studies Andranik Ispiryan told a press conference today.
The mass media focused attention on the Black Sea after the Crimea factor came into the spotlight against the background of Ukrainian events, Ispiryan said.
The expert reminded that the rivalry between Russia and Turkey has a history of 500 years and dates back to 1475, when Ottoman Turkey entered the Crimean Peninsula. Although this is the only episode in history that links Turkey to Crimea, Turkey views the peninsula as its historic land.
The Turks apparently have far-reaching objectives, Ispiryan said. He added that return of the Crimea under Russia’s jurisdiction is the only way to prevent Turkey’s claims.
The expert considers that if NATO interferes with the issue, this will create problems for Turkey, as well, as Russia may take counteraction, as a result of which the Bosphorus and Dardanelle Straits will appear in the target.
According to Ispiryan, this is what frightens Turkey, making the latter maintain the Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits, which provides favorable conditions to Turkey.