Sat Mar 27th, 2021 at 10:59:45 AM EST
A crucial role as a wedge in Near Asia, the Middle East and the Russian Empire is played by Erdoğan's vast nation Turkey. It bridges three continents and is close to China's province of Xinjiang, home to the Uyghurs, a Turkic ethnic group.
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Just this week in a global power play for "greed" and "capitalism" the United States pushes its anti-Russia and anti-China agenda.
Gets applause from former German minister of defense Ursula Von der Leyen and is send on a mission to get Turkey back into the NATO fold ... unbelievable!
EU approves rapprochement with Turkey | Atalayar |
The EU is thus trying to reconcile with the Erdogan regime after the Mediterranean gas crisis in Greece. As a result of this confrontation, Brussels imposed sanctions on the state oil company involved. However, Erdogan assured that 'any decision on sanctions against Turkey does not concern him'.
The crisis in the Mediterranean is not the only one that has affected relations between Turkey and the EU.
This rapprochement will also attempt to put aside the criticisms and threats that were experienced during the most serious stage of the refugee crisis and which have been accentuated by Erdogan's ultra-right-wing drift. The dismissal of Naci Abgal, former head of the Turkish Central Bank, demonstrates the lack of independence of Turkish institutions and the president's influence.
In politics he continues his crusade against the Kurds. Last Sunday the HDP party announced that its pro-Kurdish deputy Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu had been arrested. Gergelioglu has been active in denouncing human rights violations in Turkey.
On the social front, Erdogan has abandoned the Istanbul Convention against male violence, a decision that was greeted with disappointment in Brussels. "We cannot but regret deeply and express incomprehension towards the decision of the Turkish government to withdraw from this conventiont," said Borrell.
Actions speak louder than words ...
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The political importance to bring Erdoğan back into the NATO fold ...
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NATO chief admits `serious concerns' over Turkey, hopes for more NATO-EU cooperation | EurActiv - March 15, 2021 |
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told EU lawmakers he had "serious concerns" over actions by member Turkey and hoped an increased EU-NATO cooperation could counter China.
"I have expressed my serious concerns, and we all know there are serious differences and some issues, ranging from the eastern Mediterranean, the Turkish decision to buy the Russian air defence system S-400 or related to democratic rights in Turkey," Stoltenberg said speaking in front of a joint session of the foreign affairs and defence committees in the European Parliament.
"But I believe NATO at least can provide an important platform for discussing these issues, raising these issues and having serious debates and discussions about different concerns," he added, insisting the alliance was an important platform for resolving disputes involving Ankara.
Turkey has by now irritated most of its allies, particularly France, over its stance in a maritime territorial dispute with fellow NATO member Greece and its role in the conflicts in Syria, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh.
With the blessing of president Trump ...
Turkey unleashes airstrikes against Kurds in north-east Syria | The Guardian - Oct. 2019 |
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The Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, called on Turkey to act with restraint and "ensure that the gains we have made in the fight against Isis are not jeopardised. I will discuss this issue with President Erdoğan."
The Turkish leader marked the launched of the offensive, dubbed Operation Peace Spring, with a tweet, saying that it was being conducted by Turkish and Turkish-backed Syrian militias, against Kurdish forces and Isis.
"Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area," the president wrote.
This week alarm in
Tel Aviv Jerusalem ...
Iran, Russia and Turkey signal growing alliance | JPost - 6 days ago |
For years, Turkey would say one thing to Moscow and Tehran while telling Washington's Iran hawks that Turkey was "against Russia and Iran."
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was very content during a trip to Turkey on Friday. He said it was productive and smiled alongside his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. He said it was a "wonderful" trip where he spoke with his "brother Cavusoglu."
The trip signals the growing alliance that Turkey and Iran have in the region.
Further reading ...
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Biden has a better personal relationship with Islamist Erdoğan than with Putin. Btw Netanyahu exactly mirrored, better relationship with Putin and a neutral position on Ukraine.
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Window into the past...
'Blind' France bears responsibility on Rwanda genocide, historical commission reports | France24 |
France bears overwhelming responsibilities over the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and was "blind" to preparations for the massacres.
A historical commission set up by President Emmanuel Macron concluded there had been a "failure" on the part of France under former leader Francois Mitterrand over the genocide that saw around 800,000 people slaughtered, mainly from the ethnic Tutsi minority.
Historian Vincent Duclert, who heads the commission, handed over the damning Report to Macron at the Elysee Palace after years of accusations France did not do enough to halt the massacres and was even complicit in the crimes.
Rwanda hailed the report as "an important step toward a common understanding of France's role in the genocide against the Tutsi".
Failures of the colonial West ...
Creates the opening to foreign entities!