MOSCOW (News.am) — The petition letter by the Coordinating Council of Russian Armenian Organizations that welcomes and supports the proposal to sever the Treaty of Moscow has been forwarded by Russia’s presidential administration to the Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) for deliberations.
The Coordinating Council informed that it had learned of the aforesaid on Tuesday.
It had petitioned to the Russian President, Prime Minister, Federation Council, State Duma Chairman, and Foreign Minister, with a letter that stated the following.
“The treaty was signed in the absence of the delegation of Armenia, in the case when their lands were being handed over to a state which, before that, had massacred its 3 million Christian citizens, half of whom were Armenians,” the respective letter of petition specifically reads. “Russia needs to take a well-timed corresponding action to respond to the expansionist policy of Turkey. And the severing of the 1921 Treaty of Moscow would be one of these measures. This will serve the interests of Russia and of the peoples who have suffered from the aggressive policy of Turkey.”
Twenty organizations within the Coordinating Council of Russian Armenian Organizations had signed under this petition letter.
Russian State Duma members Valery Rashkin and Sergei Obukhov have petitioned to President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and have proposed to sever the brotherhood and friendship treaty (Treaty of Moscow), which was signed by the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (Bolshevist Russia) and Turkey 1921.
In their respective letter, these Russian Communist Party parliamentarians point to the consistency in Turkey’s aggressive behavior.
Pursuant to the 1921 Treaty of Moscow, most of Kars Province, southern part of former Batumi Province, and Surmalu District—along with Mount Ararat—of Yerevan Province were handed over to Turkey.
Meanwhile, most Russians are not ready for the restoration of political contacts between Russia and Turkey. One-third of the country demands that Moscow discontinue any contact with Ankara. The Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM) has presented such data.
Sociologists asked what policy with Turkey should the Kremlin conduct in the future, and 35 percent of respondents selected the option of complete cessation of relations.
Currently, the Russians give a negative assessment to their country’s bilateral relations with Turkey, and 23 percent of the respondents consider these relations to be hostile.
Also, nearly half of Russians maintain that Russian-Turkish bilateral relations are only getting tenser.
On November 24, 2015, the Turkish air force shot down a Russian Su-24 attack aircraft/interdictor nearby the Turkish-Syrian border. The warplane was taking part in the antiterrorism operations in Syria. This incident led to the ongoing strain in Turkey-Russia relations.