Turkey denies claims it will open Armenia border gate

Turkey has denied claims that the border gate between Armenia and Turkey will be opened, World Bulletin reports.

The denial came after a Turkish newspaper published a claim that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had issued an order that the Alican Border Gate, which has been closed since 1993, be opened.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said in a written statement on Friday: “The claims that the Alican Border Gate located between Turkey and Armenia will be opened do not reflect the truth.”

Bilgic said the opening of the gate would be considered by Turkey only if the relations in Southern Caucasus started a normalization process.

“Armenia needs to show its will to begin normalizing its relations with Azerbaijan and take the necessary steps accordingly,” said Bilgic

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