The Kremlin hopes that Ankara will regard with understanding the upcoming visit of President Vladimir Putin to Armenia’s capital Yerevan to participate in the events in memory of the 1915 Armenian genocide.
“In this regard, there was a conversation between leaders of the two countries and [Turkish President] Recep Tayyip Erdogan knows well about Putin’s plans to go to Armenia and this is well known that the country will be represented there at a rather high level on April 24 in Turkey,” presidential aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Wednesday, TASS reports.
On that day, Turkey will hold the events marking the 100th anniversary of the Dardanelles Campaign, one of the greatest Ottoman victories during World War I. Russia will be represented there by the speaker of the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, Sergey Naryshkin.
Putin’s visit to the Armenian capital comes at the invitation of President Serzh Sargsyan. The Russian president will fly to Yerevan late on Thursday and all the events marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire will be held on April 24.
“As far as we know, the memorial ceremonies will be attended by the representatives of more than 20 countries, including the presidents of France, Cyprus and Serbia who like our president will make an address at the memorial ceremony,” Ushakov said.