Ruben Safrastyan: Instability in the Middle East fraught with unpredictable consequences

Artak Barseghyan
Public Radio of Armenia

30-40 Armenian families fled to Armenia after the events in Kessab; most of them have now returned to Syria, member of the Public Council, Director of the Armenian Philharmonic Gagik Manasyan told reporters today.

According to him, other Syrian Armenians also intend to return to Syria after the domestic political situation in the country stabilizes.

“Although the Turkish-Syrian border is fully controlled by the Syrian troops and the security is ensured, the threat is still there,” Director of the Oriental Studies Institute of the National Academy of Sciences Ruben Safrastyan said, in turn.

“Incumbent President Bashar Al-Assad’s victory in the presidential elections and the success of the Syrian Army on the battlefield contribute to the normalization of the situation in the country,” Safrastyan said. He added, however, that two other state formations are being shaped. The Islamic State or Caliphate was recently proclaimed on some areas of Syria and Iraq, while Kurds in the north of Iraq intend to create the Kurdish State.

According to Safrastyan, in reality the caliphate is a terrorist state, which functions under the flag of Islam and unites Sunni Muslims. If the political scientist is concerned about the caliphate, he’s more optimistic about the perspectives of establishment of Kurdistan. He said it’s an expected and an inevitable development.

“The West has to reconsider its attitude towards the Middle East, otherwise the instability is fraught with unpredictable consequences,” Safrastyan said.

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