June 12, 2010 - 16:59 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The U.S. is not going to punish Turkey for the incident with Freedom Flotilla through the Armenian Genocide recognition. “I don’t think we should be mixing up issues that don’t have anything to do with each other. We have a wide-ranging relationship with Turkey. We’ll be taking each issue appropriately, one at a time,” U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs Philip Gordon said in an interview to BBC.
He went on saying: “The overall relationship is inevitably affected by the way the countries see each other. That’s why we’re careful about that. We want to preserve a favorable image of Turkey in the United States.”
“Turkey and the United States have never been without their differences, and we have some important differences now, but we also have a lot in common that we’re working together on,” concluded Gordon.
On June 11, Spokesman for the U.S. Department of State Philip Crowley said the U.S. is open to and discussing with Israel potential ways in which the international community can participate in the flotilla investigation.
PanARMENIAN.Net learned from its sources in Washington that currently the Armenian and Jewish lobbies are negotiating on advancement of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H. Res. 252.) The Jewish lobby had been frustrating the resolution adoption due to friendly relations with Turkey. However, those congressmen, who had been supporting Turkey, today are revising their stance.
It is also noteworthy that the Israeli-Turkish friendship group has almost frozen its activity in Israeli Knesset.