Can we consider Erdogan steady partner?
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking in Istanbul, said that Russia should stop supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and to work together with the Americans in this Arab country. He hoped that "all is not reduced to the actions of some US only. We hope that Russia will take part in this - at least, cease to protect Assad. " Earlier Erdogan said is completely different. Openly accused Washington of supporting terrorists LIH (organization, whose activities are prohibited in the Russian Federation), has promised to provide evidence - photos and videos. But it has not provided. On the eve of the US missile attack on Syria American edition of The National Interest, commenting on holding Russia and Turkey in the Black Sea joint naval exercises, wrote that such an action "would have serious consequences for the West and NATO because of the growing rapprochement of Ankara with Moscow ". In this edition has not forgotten to mention the fact that "Russia forgave Turkey these past sins as a downed Russian attack aircraft Su-24 and murder of its ambassador." Now based in the UK portal Ar Rai Al Youm states that "Erdogan is moving against his ally of Putin," in fact sprawling alliance with Russia and Iran, established on the Syrian track.
Turkish president speaks a lot and says a lot. His statements require interpretation, but, in practice, is not always necessary to do hasty conclusions. In particular with regard to how the words of Syrian President Assad may affect the dialogue in Moscow and Ankara. Erdogan is not so independent in its foreign policy as trying to present publicly. Just remember that a failed coup d'état in Turkey in July 15 2016 was preceded by his statement on Syria, which was perceived by many as a change in the Turkish policy towards Damascus. And now, have hinted many Iranian sources, the position of Erdogan in Turkey remains fragile, may be followed by another coup, instigated, warns agency Fars, the Americans. At the same time, Iranian sources indicate the involvement of Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the Turkish event.
It is no accident, according to experts, on the eve of the US missile strike on Syria Turkish President paid a visit to Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In this regard, some Arab media reported that while Ankara put the requirement of "designated course for the gradual distancing from Moscow and Tehran" and restore the alliance with the Saudis and the Qataris on the eve of "Perspectives Donald administration Trump send US forces into Syria, and repeat it the Libyan scenario." Not by chance after a missile strike on a Syrian airfield Erdogan said that his country is ready to support Washington in the event that the United States will begin a full-scale military operation in Syria. "Let the words of Trump's intervention in Syria will not remain words. We are ready to support the US operation when it comes to the business ", - said Erdogan, clearly alluding to the fact that it does not guarantee the implementation of the script.
Furthermore, stating the need to eliminate Assad, he knew perfectly well what position on this issue will take Moscow and Tehran, voicing way for Trump formula: "I did their job, now have to deal with Putin and Rouhani." However, still it is unclear Does the backstage of the Erdogan talks with the Americans change their position on the Kurdish question, whether consent was obtained of the White House to create a buffer zone in northern Syria, to prepare a partition into zones of influence, or, as the UN representative in Syria Stefan de Mistura, refers to the fact that on the territory of Syria to open "the doors of hell in the Middle East" and to redirect the waves of tension and escalation is already in Iran.
There is another mystery in this regard related to the diverging positions of the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Heyli on the future of Assad. "Our goal - to defeat LIH (organization, whose activities are prohibited in the Russian Federation) that will lead to peace and stability in the region, as well as getting rid of Iranian influence, which we believe causes so much controversy and serious problems - said Haley. - US sees Syria peace with Assad. " At the same time Tillerson, the eve of the visit to Moscow, said that "the fate of Assad Syrian people will decide", and "our top priority - the defeat LIH (organization, whose activities are prohibited in the Russian Federation). Erdogan for a balance of power in the upper echelons of power in the US does not bode well. Perhaps Washington has made a false start for Turkey to bring it out shaky, but still an alliance with Russia and Iran. But the Turkish president and for Moscow remains unstable partner. As a response to Russia and Iran on the next change on the part of Ankara? All this we will know soon.