On August 9th, Russian President Vladimir Putin received his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in St. Petersburg’s Constantine Palace. This was Erdogan’s first foreign visit since the July 15th failed coup.
The latter offered “his friend” Vladimir a series of measures concerning the bilateral relations between the two countries. Relations which were strongly undermined after last November’s incident in which Turkey shot down a Russian fighter plane in the Syrian sky. The incident, which resulted in the death of a Russian pilot, revealed the profound differences between the two countries with regard to the Syrian crisis.
Indeed, while Moscow supported Damascus militarily, Ankara aligned itself with the West demanding the removal of President Assad and supporting terrorist groups in the country.
Today, 9 months after the crisis, the matter is forgotten and it is with a thinly veiled satisfaction that the “Tsar” of Moscow receives the “Sultan” of Istanbul who arrives in Russia with a request. A scene full of irony as we remember the arrogant attitude of Erdogan towards his Russian counterpart a few months earlier.
Meanwhile, a lot of water has gone under the bridges of Bosporus and the Turkish President, who nearly lost his life and power, is no longer sacred on the international level.
Erdogan was committed to making an apology at the end of June to President Putin for three main reasons:
The first is economic. Indeed, the sanctions imposed by Moscow against Ankara are beginning to have a serious impact on the Turkish economy.
The embargo on the import of agricultural products, cancelation of charter flights between the two countries, calling on Russian tourists to boycott Turkey as a tourist destination, administrative complications for Turkish companies based in Russia, and many retaliatory measures resulting in the collapse of trade between the two countries is affecting an already disturbed Turkish economy.
The second reason for this rapprochement is geopolitical. While Ankara is closely involved in the Syrian conflict including its logistical support to various jihadist groups, it obviously fears being the scapegoat in the US-Russian crisis which could lead to the establishment of a Kurdish entity on Turkey’s southern side threatening Turkey.
The last reason for this new start between Moscow and Ankara is the attitude of Putin who was one of the first world leaders to provide support to Erdogan during the abortive July coup. For the leaders of Western countries, this move seems remarkably out of line; allying with Turkey: a NATO member.
Indeed, Turkey was very disappointed by the reactions of its US and NATO friends who condemned the failed coup and criticized the way in which President Erdogan suppressed the perpetrators of the coup and their allies along with the purges that followed. All of this resulted in increasing the Sultan of Istanbul’s distrust in the west who supposedly give lessons in democracy. This distrust is now accompanied with strong anti-Americanism.
Indeed, Washington hosts Fethullah Gulen: the main defendant of the coup and refuses to deliver him to the Turkish authorities. This makes Ankara clearly see the involvement of the American services in the failed July coup. The Turkish authorities have more or less made this well-known on many official channels.
The Atlantics’ bickering is aimed at Moscow. They are trying to keep Russia under great tension by NATO’s non- stop provocation through amassing weapons and troops on Russia’s borders.
Are we witnessing a redistribution of cards? Will Erdogan’s disappointment push him to ally with Russia in a much more formal way?
Despite the certainties of some experts who believe such an alliance is unimaginable, the possibility of it happening is far from being neglected by Western officials. This is evidenced by the heavily tinted reactions from the American-Zionist countries, starting with Israel.
Indeed, the criminal entity, which announced a normalization with Turkey a few days before the coup, expressed its concern over a potential “new agreement” in the Middle East which included Moscow, Tehran, Ankara, Baghdad, Damascus and Hezbollah! A nightmare for the Zionist entity and its American big brother who is seriously considering withdrawing its nuclear weapons stored in Turkey.
Meanwhile, from an economic point of view, business is picking up. Moscow has ended the sanctions against Ankara and major joint projects are launched (the TurkStream gas pipeline and the Akkuyu nuclear plant)
From the Syrian crisis side, the trend is reconciliation. Two days after Putin and Erdogan’s meeting, Turkey accepted representatives from Assad’s government in the negotiations on the future of Syria and called upon Russia for a joint strike against ISIS. At the same time, the Turkish President stated in “the world” newspaper column that no solution is possible in Syria without the stepping down of President Assad.
Today, there appears to be a dramatic game of “Poker”. Even when the anti-Western attitude of Erdogan appears to be a bluff, it is clear that he has been strongly scalded by recent events which shook his country and that his confidence in the Western allies has been severely shaken.
The Anti-Zionist Party reiterates its wish to see Turkey joining Moscow in its support for the resistance axis and thus thwarting the Zionist project in the Middle East.
In alliance with Russia and the “Shiite” Iran, the “Sunni” Turkey could help accelerate the resolution of the Syrian crisis while at the same time destroy the Zionist plan for a frontal war between Shiites and Sunnis which is aimed at destroying the Muslim world.
Anti-Zionist Party President