Turkish President will not accept invitation to visit Armenia on Genocide centennial: Expert

Anna Nazaryan
Public Radio of Armenia

Turkey’s future leader – most probably Recep Tayyip Erdogan – will not accept Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s invitation to visit Armenia on April 24, but will take a sentimental step, which is so peculiar of Turkey, expert of Turkish studies Ruben Melkonyan told reporters today.

According to him, it’s impossible for the Turkish President to visit the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial. “It will be a political suicide for the Turkish President,” he said.

Serzh Sargsyan’s invitation was not just an invitation, it was an attack on the information field, and Turkey’s reaction is hard to predict, the expert said.

Ruben Melkonyan considers Turkey will definitely respond to President Serzh Sargsyan’s invitation.

There will naturally be condemning statements on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and this is something Turkey scares of.

The expert considers that the commission coordinating the organization of the events dedicated to the genocide centenary is a professional team and believes all events will be organized on a high level.

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