Turkey has not changed over the past 100 years: Sharmazanov

Vice-President of the Armenian National Assembly Edward Sharmazanov has expressed concern over the downing of the Russian Su-24 jet by Turkey.

“Downing a military jet fighting terrorism means supporting terrorists,” Shermazanov said at a meeting with Russian State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin.

“The downing of an Armenian helicopter by Turkey’s little brother Azerbaijan last year created an impression among the Turkish political leadership that such crimes could go unpunished,” he said.

“Unfortunately, Turkey has not changed over the past 100 years,” Sharmazanov added.

Edward Sharmazanov stressed that “Armenia welcomes the draft bill submitted to the Russian State Duma, which envisages accountability for the denial of the Armenian Genocide, as improper assessment of past crimes bears new ones, including the terrorist acts we are witnessing today.”

Sergey Naryshkin said, in turn, that the downing of the Russian jet was a ‘stab in the back,’ which is peculiar to cowards.

“Definitely, it’s the fault of the Turkish political leadership, not the people. The Turkish leadership will still regret that heavy crime,” he said.

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