Pashinyan denies Erdogan phone conversation

Armenpress 17:30, 16 September, 2018

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 16, ARMENPRESS. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is denying Turkish media reports which claimed that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had telephoned him to request the release of an arrested illegal border trespasser.

“There is no such thing. The only contact with the Turkish side, which I had announced about, was in Brussels, when the foreign minister of Turkey greeted me and left,” Pashinyan told reporters today.

Earlier on September 15 the foreign ministry of Armenia in turn denied the reports.

On Saturday, the Turkish Hurriyet newspaper claimed that Erdogan phoned Pashinyan and requested the release and return of a border trespasser. The newspaper identified the trespasser as a 16 year old male by the name of Umut Ali Ozmen.

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan

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