Zakharova: Russia will facilitate any step by Turkey, Armenia that will help build mutual trust

Russia will facilitate and welcome any steps by Turkey and Armenia that will help build mutual trust and rapprochement between the countries, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said today in a comment on Turkish Foreign Minister’s statement that Ankara and Yerevan would appoint special envoys for normalization of relations.

Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vahan Hunanyan said Yerevan views Cavusoglu’s statement as a positive sign and will appoint its special envoy to start a dialogue.

Speaking in parliament December 13 Mevlut Cavusoglu also said charter flights between Istanbul and Yerevan would restart soon.

“We have consulted with Azerbaijan. Soon, we will mutually appoint special representatives with Armenia for the steps toward normalization and we will act together with Azerbaijan at every step,” Cavusoglu said.

“We believe that normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations would help improve the overall situation in the region and help build a healthy atmosphere of trust and good neighborliness in the region and certainly between countries and peoples,” Zakharova said.

From this point of view, according to Zakharova, Russia welcomes the willingness shown recently by Yerevan and Ankara to launch a bilateral dialogue to discuss normalization of relations.

“We think that appointing special representatives for these purposes is a logical and reasonable step. For our part, we are ready to assist this process in every possible way,” she said.

“The resumption of direct flights between Istanbul and Yerevan also meets the goals and the spirit of this logic. Therefore, once again we encourage and welcome any steps by Turkey and Armenia that would help to build mutual trust and rapprochement between the countries and peoples,” she stressed.

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