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WITH RUSSIA STRENGTHENING ITS ALLIANCE WITH ARMENIA(25.05.2017)

With Russia strengthening its alliance with Armenia

While the group of congressmen who form the Congressional Armenian Issues Caucus continue their unflinching, if not brazen, financial and military support to this South Caucasus nation, it serves as a military outpost for saber-rattling Russia — Armenia even brands itself as one of Russia's important military outposts.In an interview with Izvestia, a Russian daily, Sargsyan declared that Armenia is consistently building up its defense capability in the framework of military-technical cooperation with Russia. Also, he stressed the role of the 102nd Russian military base located in Armenian territory. And in November 2016, Armenia joined the anti-aircraft defens...


SHIFT OF TURKISH FOREIGN POLICY(26.09.2016)

Shift of Turkish Foreign Policy

The crisis period between Turkey and Russia finally ended. The two sides prepared a long-term normalization process to fulfill a regional partnership and to heal the economic wounds which appeared during the crisis period. A Russian Su-24 all-weather aircraft violated the border of Turkey by at least 2 km and was shot down by two Turkish F-16s on the Turkey-Syria border in November 2015.After several harsh speeches, Russian officials decided to implement sanctions in some specific areas. Several months later, the meeting of Turkish President Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Aug. 9 can be accepted as a turning point for regional politics.After Turkey's successful "A...


SHOULD THE WEST FEAR A TURKEY-RUSSIA CONVERGENCE?(10.08.2016)

Should the West Fear a Turkey-Russia Convergence?

In each installment of “CGI Asks,” a selection of experts respond to a question on the latest developments in Russia and Eurasia.In the run-up to the widely anticipated meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St. Petersburg on August 9, we asked experts to consider the extent to which a possible Russian-Turkish convergence could affect Western interests in the region and beyond.Mehmet Fatih Öztarsu, Analyst and Reporter on the Caucasus/Central AsiaThe Turkey-Russia convergence can be viewed as a new chance for regional security, after current relations worsened over the Syrian issue. The region currently has significant p...


ARMENIA’S METSAMOR NUKE PLANT MAY SHARE FUKUSHIMA’S FATE(21.05.2016)

Armenia’s Metsamor nuke plant may share Fukushima’s fate

Metsamor nuclear power plant is a threat not only to countries bordering with Armenia, but also the whole world, President of the Strategic Outlook Turkish International Research Center Yusuf Cinar told Trend May 18.Armenia has a nuclear power plant, Metsamor, built in 1970. The power plant was closed after a devastating earthquake in Spitak in 1988. But despite the international protests, the power plant's operation was resumed in 1995. Moreover, a second reactor was launched there.According to the ecologists and scholars all over the region, seismic activity of this area turns operation of the Metsamor nuclear power plant in an extremely dangerous enterprise...


THREATS OF USING NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAN CREATE PROBLEMS FOR ARMENIA ITSELF(3.05.2016)

Threats of using nuclear weapons can create problems for Armenia itself

Armenia's threats of using nuclear weapons can create legal and political problems only for the country itself, said Mehmet Fatih Oztarsu, vice chairman of the Turkish analytical center Strategic Outlook."This threat is excessive," Oztarsu, who is also an expert on the South Caucasus, told Trend April 29. "If Armenia has nuclear weapons, the international organizations must deal with this issue to clarify the period of obtaining nuclear weapons, the way of weapon production and who helped the country."The expert added that if Armenia means the outdated Metsamor nuclear power plant, so much the worse for the country itself.Oztarsu stressed that it seems tha...


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