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"Throw out the frying pan into the fire", or why Erdogan is nervous

Turkish newspapers urge to abandon anti-Russian publications.

Ankara and the EU countries continue to exchange information and political blows. Recall that the aggravation of relations between them began after the authorities of some European countries banned the conduct of agitation rallies among the Turkish diaspora in connection with the upcoming referendum on changes in the Constitution in Turkey 16 April. Particularly the standoff between Turkey and Germany was highlighted, although Ankara would not have provoked a diplomatic crisis with this country as it does with the Netherlands. The other day Volker Buffier, deputy chairman of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union Party, said that the Turkish president is an unwelcome guest in Germany. According to him, "if he (Recep Tayyip Erdogan-ST) arrives here, in my opinion, we should not let him in, as this threatens the security of our country." In response, the Turkish president said that after the referendum on the expansion of presidential powers, his country could reconsider relations with the "fascist, cruel, anti-Islamic and anti-Turkish" Europe.

Plots in this direction, causing political irritation between Turkey and the EU, are thrown in a lot. At the same time, according to European analysts who try to understand some of the nuances of the tension in the relations between Ankara and Brussels, the parties still "play the game within certain parameters", and Erdogan's side is "a definite initiative". The President consciously aggravates, mobilizing in his own interests objectively existing in Turkey anti-Western sentiments in order to achieve the set goal - to win in a referendum. At the same time, on a subconscious level, he and his supporters inspire the electorate with the idea that "the West will never lose Turkey, given its important strategic position in the region" that only the "vertical power" that they build can cope with the challenges and threats faced a country. And when the European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and expansion talks Johannes Khan states that "Turkey is increasingly moving away from the European Union," Ankara responds that "Europe has never wanted integration with Turkey."

At the same time, some European politicians are sure that right after the referendum, Erdogan, of course, in case of his victory, "will reassess the situation taking into account the fact that Turkey has extensive ties with the European market and especially with Germany, which it is very dangerous to lose for their economy. " This, for example, said the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani: "Turkey is still our partner. I think that after the referendum Ankara will lower the tone of rhetoric, and therefore we should continue working on our agreements. " Perhaps it will be so. But it will be only after the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak writes, when "Brussels often took the final decisions instead of Ankara." The paradox is that, according to another Turkish newspaper, Daily Sabah, "those Western politicians who only recently praised the Justice and Development Party model in the Muslim world, considered Turkey a useful player in the region, they now prefer to ignore a number of events that actually changed the national identity of Turkey. "

In this regard, the newspaper asked such questions. First: "Why did Turkey find itself alone when asked why it was trying to solve its new geopolitical tasks?" Second: "Why Erdoğan, who was promised to make Turkey an integral part of the future Europe, began to be portrayed as a dictator, which was recently considered Syrian President Bashar Assad? "Third:" Why did Turkey, which after the collapse of the Soviet Union began to consider itself almost the main key player in the Middle East, was compelled, as the French edition of Le Figaro writes, to reckon with the factor of Russia that turned out to be directly but its borders? "definitive answer to these questions are rhetorical properties is that the Turkish diplomacy, led by long time Professor Ahmet Davutoglu, has lost its professional quality and guided in practice detached from reality ideologemes neo-Ottomanism. She figured correctly only one position: the "withdrawal" of the United States from the Middle East during the years of Barack Obama's presidency. However, interference in Syrian affairs radically changed not only the balance of power in the region, but also the development of events - instead of the expected disintegration of Syria, it received such a threat for itself.

Further for Turkey it was not easy to develop. She was forced to join an unprecedented historical alliance with Russia and Iran. Now Erdogan is attacking the West, having this alliance behind him, but he is not sure what will happen tomorrow as events unfold in Syria. The president is nervous. According to Focus, Klaus Kinkel, who served as Foreign Minister in the government of Helmut Kohl, who always spoke for rapprochement with Ankara, considering it "a bridge to the Islamic world and an important partner in NATO," he "has never seen a politician lead as President Erdogan himself permits. " And how not to be nervous if the EU and the US continue to actively support the Syrian Kurds, if the Operation Shield of the Euphrates, conducted in Syria by the Turks, according to Western media reports, "turned out to be completely blocked: from the south by the Syrian army and from the east, still Syrian soldiers, accompanied by Russian soldiers who settled in a narrow buffer zone between Turkish troops and Syrian Kurds, also supported by Syrian Arab fighters. "

President of the United States Donald Trump is not in a hurry to receive in Washington President Erdogan, who has already paid a visit to Moscow to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The emerging syntax of international relations pushes Ankara towards Moscow. This tactic of action, designed to aggravate relations with the West with the expectation of an alliance with Russia, the French historian Henri Laurent designated as "a throw from the fire into the fire." The German edition of Tageszeitung writes in this regard that "both countries seem to be trying to make themselves sympathize with each other", while the Turkish Milli Gazete called for the Turkish media to refuse publication of anti-Russian materials. Let's see what happens.

A source: A REGNUM

Author: Stanislav Tarasov

Tags: Turkey, Erdogan, Middle East, Politics, EU, Media, Russia, sings

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