Turkish-Armenian relations will be normalized only after Karabakh settlement: Erdogan

Turkish-Armenian relations will not be normalized until the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is resolved, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared in Baku today. “Ankara has repeatedly stated this,” he said, Trend agency reports.

Otherwise, the situation between Turkey and Armenia will continue as before,” he added.

He noted that a number of issues were discussed at the meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. “Turkish-Azerbaijani relations will further develop in a different way. At present, the problems in the region should be resolved jointly by the two countries,” he stated.

Speaking ahead of his official visit to Azerbaijan, Erdogan said Turkey could contribute to resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, World Bulletin reported.

Peace and stability in the South Caucasus will be a cornerstone of Turkish foreign policy, he said on Tuesday.

Erdogan also praised the level of cooperation between Turkey and Azerbaijan, in particular the gas and oil pipelines crossing the countries that not only “contribute to cooperation between Turkey and Azerbaijan but also to regional prosperity and stability.”

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