Initially the meeting and talks US President Donald Trump with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by increased attention on the part of the Turkish media. Especially TV channels: they kept his audience in a state of tension, was broadcast live each step of Erdogan, departing with his Chinese spouse in the United States, a protocol meeting the American side. Recorded the smallest details.
At the same time, an appropriate information background was created. Numerous experts made predictions as to what "a new era in bilateral relations" will open. According to our observations, estimates ranged between the two extreme positions. Some called the talks "historical." It was pointed out that for the first time in four years the Turkish President was being admitted to the White House. Summarizing the historical dossier of the relations between the two countries, the "talking heads" assured viewers and listeners that the US "will never betray the interests of Turkey, its faithful NATO ally in the Middle East, as the country occupies an extremely important strategic position in the region." Although the leaders quoted abundantly excerpts from a letter from a group of members of the US Congress from the Democratic and Republican parties Trumpu, which stated that "Erdogan carries out a policy of suppressing human rights within the country, deviates from the principles of democracy and democratic values." But Turkish experts continued to assure that "Trump will close his eyes to everything."
Others assessed the relations between Ankara and Washington as "critical", and the results of the talks were considered in the projection of the further development of events both in Turkey itself and in the region. The fact is that Erdogan has sharply criticized Obama's Middle East policy, accusing him of supporting the Syrian Kurds, strengthening the role of Iran and even in the emergence of Russian military space forces in Syria. The Turkish president confidently stated that he would manage to come to an agreement with the new US administration, start joint actions with Washington in Syria and Iraq. But on the eve, 9 May, the White House announced the supply of weapons to the Kurdish People's Self-Defense Forces, part of the Democratic Forces of Syria (DSS), which are preparing to storm the Syrian city of Rakka. On the eve of the visit, Erdogan expressed hope that the United States would change its decision: "I want to consider all the information we received rumors. I emphasize this with caution. This is how I want to see it and I think that my visit will be a turning point in this matter. "
However, the Americans consider the Kurdish fighting detachments to be the best units and key allies in the fight against IGIL (an organization whose activities are banned in the Russian Federation), however much Ankara may say that these are "terrorists", an armed wing or cells of the Kurdish "terrorist" organization banned in Turkey - Workers' Party of Kurdistan (PKK). Turkey began to openly threaten Washington, threatening to close the country's airspace for US aviation and the US Air Force base in Ingirlik. In order not to think that Ankara throws words into the wind, 15 May Turkish authorities denied a group of deputies of the Bundestag in the visit to the German military stationed at this air base, after which the German Defense Ministry promised to consider the transfer of its military from Turkey to Jordan. Some people thought that Erdogan would decide to give an open fight to Trump himself when he declared his readiness to "withdraw from the international coalition against IGIL" (an organization whose activity is banned in Russia), headed by the United States, to create a "coalition" with the Arab countries. But informed Turkish sources claimed that in fact it was about the preparation of the deal - the conclusion of an agreement under which Turkey would give Rakku to the Americans and their Syrian Kurdish allies in exchange for Washington's consent to the invasion of the Turkish military in the Iraqi Sinjar district, the citadel of the PKK.
What is the result?
Trump talks and Erdogan at the White House lasted only 20 minutes. Then they went out to the press, made statements and left. It turns out that, despite the mutual declaration of intent to establish economic relations and to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, the key differences between Ankara and Washington remain.
That is exactly what the US President said: "Today we are faced with a new enemy and must fight it together. We are faced with a number of terrorist attacks in recent years, we stand together and offer our support to the people of Turkey. We support Turkey, which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism, which is fighting with terrorist groups such as the LIH (organization, whose activities are prohibited in the Russian Federation) and the PKK. "
Now give Erdogan's statement: "Taking into account (interest), YPG and PYD (Kurdish organizations in Syria - ST) in the region will never be accepted by Turkey. This is contrary to a global agreement that we have achieved. We must not allow these groups to manipulate the religious and ethnic structure of the region, using terrorism (the fight against terrorism - ST) as an excuse or an apology. "
Hence, the main conclusions.
First. Differences between Turkey and the US policy of building in Syria, and in general in the region, becoming sustainable.
Second. Turkey is no longer the main US partner in the region, regardless of their membership in NATO.
Third. The results of Erdogan's talks with Trump in Washington can have - and this in the first place - a negative impact on the political situation in Turkey itself.
In short, the Middle East geopolitical mystery continues to unfold. Ahead of us is still a lot of important events. And Erdogan too.