ANKARA (Combined Sources)–During a briefing to members of the press–Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Namik Tan announced on Thursday that Turkey will no longer conduct diplomatic relations with neighboring Armenia through its embassy in Moscow–opting to use its official representatives in Tbilisi instead.
Turkey’s move–according to Tan–is driven by issues of practicality. Tbilisi’s proximity to Turkey offers a number of advantages for a government–whose current diplomatic relations with Armenia primarily centers on nominal matters–such as issuing travel visas.
The Turkish news agency "Marmara" reported–however–that Turkey’s decision has little to do with geography. Troubled by Russia’s traditionally close relations with Armenia–Turkey purportedly decided to send an unambiguous message to its Russian counterparts by moving its workload to Georgia.
Russian authorities stated that they "respectfully accept" Turkey’s decision.