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 Tuesday, June 8 2021 11:28
David Stepanyan

Analyst: The current agendas of Moscow and Ankara largely depend on  Turkey`s Euro-Atlantic tensions 

Analyst: The current agendas of Moscow and Ankara largely depend on  Turkey`s Euro-Atlantic tensions 

ArmInfo.As of today Turkey is a rather problematic, but still a partner of Russia, a partner with whom we have disagreements over Karabakh, Georgia, Syria and even  Crimea. A similar opinion was expressed to ArmInfo by Sergey  Markedonov, a leading researcher at the Euro-Atlantic Security Center  of the MGIMO Institute for International Studies, Moscow.

"At the same time, I do not think that Turkey today poses a real  threat to Russia. The presence of overlapping interests, in general,  predetermines the need for interaction between Moscow and Ankara,  interaction that allows avoiding confrontation. Yes, Erdogan is  persistently trying to advance the idea of uniting the Turkic peoples  living in Asia under the auspices of Turkey, but taking into account  the different religious, national, civil identity of these peoples,  the differences in the political goals of the states in which they  live, I do not think that this is possible in the foreseeable future,  "he stressed.

However, at the same time, Turkey, according to the analyst, is  gradually becoming a competitor for many countries, moreover, a  competitor that seriously changes both internal and external identity  and, accordingly, priorities. A country consistently moving from the  principles of secularism to serious appeals to religion, including in  politics. In parallel, Erdogan is gradually replacing the principle  of Turkish nationalism, focusing on internal problems, and imperial  ambitions.

Such ambitions, in Markedonov's opinion, inevitably lead to the  activity of Erdogan's Turkey in the entire Middle East and the  Mediterranean. In this light, he noted that the South Caucasus is  only one of the regions neighboring Turkey, where Erdogan is trying  to change the status quo in his favor with the help of forceful  actions. At the same time, the ambitions of the Turkish president,  according to the analyst, are by no means limited to the surrounding  regions. Ankara is constantly trying to promote in the UN the idea of  the need to increase the number of permanent members of the UN  Security Council, actively criticizing its current members, as well  as constantly trying to get out of the cramped shadow of the United  States. 

In this regard, according to the analyst, a natural question arises  about the possibilities of Turkey, opportunities for a country that  has problems with all its neighbors. Couny with serious, moreover,  constantly deepening economic problems. County with internal  political problems, given that the leadership of Erdogan himself is  far from indisputable and is contested even by his yesterday's  associates. And although Turkey is not an empire, in Markedonov's  opinion, it is already experiencing the overstrain inherent in  empires. And, nevertheless, Ankara today makes a serious claim for  the status, respectively, the international role of a middle power.  And, in his opinion, it is far from the fact that this NATO member  country will be able to implement it.

"Returning to Russia and our contradictions with Turkey, I would like  to note that the presence of certain contradictions between Turkey  and the United States, Turkey and the EU countries as a whole  reflects Moscow's interest in weakening Euro-Atlantic solidarity.  Since the Euro-Atlantic continues to pose a threat to us. In this  light, any contradictions in this alliance are in the interests of  Russia. And even knowing perfectly well that the anti-Western  rhetoric of the same Erdogan does not at all mean his transition to  the opposite camp, Russia is obliged to use these frictions in its  own interests. ",  Markedonov concluded. 


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