Armenia says to 'respond positively' to signals from Turkey

Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan said on Aug. 27 that his country has been receiving “positive signals” from Turkey in terms of establishing regional peace and that these signals will be reciprocated in the same way.

Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan is seen in this file photo.

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Armenia is seeing “positive signals” from Turkey and will respond in kind, the country’s prime minister said on Aug. 27.

At a Cabinet meeting in the capital Yerevan, Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan said that there were positive signals coming from Ankara in terms of regional peace.

“We will evaluate these gestures and respond to positive signals with positive signals,” he was quoted as saying by Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency.

Pashinyan’s remarks came days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that “a new door of opportunity for peace has been opened” following the end of the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia for the control of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Following the end of the invasion of Nagorno-Karabakh, a new door of opportunity has been opened for the lasting peace in our region. If Armenia moves in line with this, Turkey will also act accordingly,” Erdoğan had said on Aug. 25.

Despite the common border between Turkey and Armenia, there are no diplomatic relations between the two countries.

In 2009, the top diplomats of the two countries struck deals for the establishment of diplomatic relations in Zurich, but these documents have not been ratified by either of the sides. On March 1, 2018, Armenia announced the cancellation of these protocols.