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 Wednesday, October 27 2021 12:44
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Russian political scientist commented on scandal around ten  ambassadors in Turkey

Russian political scientist commented on scandal around ten  ambassadors in Turkey

ArmInfo. Russian political scientist, leading expert on the Middle East, Yevgeny Satanovsky, commented on the scandal around ten ambassadors to Turkey.

So, responding to the scandal that broke out due to the threat of  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to expel ambassadors of 10  countries who appealed to the Turkish authorities with a joint demand  to release from custody a public figure, human rights activist and  philanthropist Osman Kavala, Satanovsky expressed his conviction that  this is a demonstrative imitation of aggression, but without  self-harm and other irreversible consequences.

" What is the "threat" from an authoritative "brother" like? It is  like when the offender "bullies" for the sake of appearance, it is  outwardly scary, but without harm and other irreversible  consequences, after which, having received the desired rollback and  assurances that he is the main one on the territory "protected" by  him, he graciously agrees to drive off to the starting positions,  sometimes with compensation for the moral damage he has declared,  sometimes without, but always with noise, revealingly menacing and  with appropriate comments from his gofers and outside observers about  how cool he is. "said the political scientist.

Erdogan immediately decided to drive a dozen ambassadors of Western  countries out of the country for a letter calling for the release of  a local human rights activist. Satanovsky drew attention to the fact  that then the Turkish leader graciously allowed them to stay after  the same ambassadors unanimously confirmed that they did not intend  to interfere in any internal affairs of Turkey and were committed to  the relevant article of the Vienna Convention. "And in general, do in  your country, dear sultan, with whom you want what you want - it's  not our business to teach you. Ambassadors, by the way, were serious:  from the USA, Canada and Western Europe to New Zealand, which, of  course , located far from everyone and dangling in the ocean on the  edge of geography, but the player is quite serious by world  standards.  The human rights activist for whom the ambassadors  "harnessed" was, by the way, a real one. And the topics for which he  was de facto detained - reconciliation with the Greeks and Armenians,  the end of the oppression of the Kurds and everything else in the  same spirit, painful for Erdogan, are very, very worthy.  Yes, and  the devil knows what charges were pressed against him, the situation  we had in the Great Terror of the late 30s. So what? The ambassadors  easily turned their backs to him. They did it as soon as they were  roared at , "the Russian expert noted.  At the same time, he is  convinced that in the current situation, Russia needs to follow  Erdogan's example, and not stand on ceremony with the West,  diplomatically, subtly and civilized responding to all their attacks  on Moscow.

"As a result, realizing that the domestic leadership, in response to  the most rude wrong movements and the most impudent interference in  the internal affairs of Russia, does not react and nothing should be  expected from it in the style of an authoritarian, wildly irascible  and an absolutely unpredictable Turkish president, our "sympathizers"  continue to plast us year after year, crush and extinguish us on and  on", - said Satanovsky, expressing the conviction that Erdogan's  method of action today is more effective and in these realities" at  least they are afraid. " Recall that an acute diplomatic crisis arose  on October 23, after the embassies of the United States, Germany,  Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France, Finland, the Netherlands and  New Zealand appealed to the Turkish authorities with a joint demand  to release from custody a public figure, human rights defender and  philanthropist Osman Kavala.

However, this statement angered Erdogan, who on October 23, speaking  to his supporters, promised to immediately announce ten ambassadors  persona non grata and give the Minister of the Interior the  appropriate order. After that, the embassies of the United States and  other countries in Ankara issued statements in which they commit to  comply with Article 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic  Relations, which instructs ambassadors not to interfere in the  internal affairs of the country in which they work. After that, the  scandal began to subside.  Note that Kavala has been in prison for 4  years without a sentence for a far-fetched charge of allegedly  participating in protests against repressions that followed the  attempted military coup in 2016. Kavala himself denies that he acted  illegally, and critics of Erdogan argue that his arrest is a vivid  example of a large-scale struggle of the authorities with dissidents.   Earlier, the Council of Europe issued a final warning to Turkey  demanding to comply with the decision of the European Court of Human  Rights and release Kavala from custody pending trial.


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