Esen Fidanlik http://esenfidanlik.com/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:14:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://esenfidanlik.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Esen Fidanlik http://esenfidanlik.com/ 32 32 Turkey signals possible rapprochement with Syria https://esenfidanlik.com/turkey-signals-possible-rapprochement-with-syria/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:14:40 +0000 https://esenfidanlik.com/turkey-signals-possible-rapprochement-with-syria/

Recently, there have been signs of reconciliation between Turkey and Syria, which have been at odds for more than a decade as Ankara supported Syrian rebel forces fighting Damascus.

Pro-government daily Hurriyet reported on September 16 that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had expressed a desire to meet his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Uzbekistan, although Assad was not there .

“I would have liked Assad to come to Uzbekistan, I would have talked to him,” Erdogan said during a closed meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party, according to columnist Hurriyet Abdulkadir Selvi.

Moreover, last month, Erdogan reportedly said he would never rule out dialogue with Syria, adding that “we should take further steps with Syria.”

Reuters reported on September 15 that Hakan Fidan, head of Turkey‘s National Intelligence Organization, had met his counterpart, Syrian National Security Office Chairman Ali Mamlouk, in Damascus on several occasions in recent weeks, according to four sources. sources.

“Speech Change”

Gonul Tol, director of the Center for Turkish Studies at the Middle East Institute, told VOA that these developments are not new, as Turkey has worked closely with the Assad regime since 2016.

“I think the new thing we’re seeing right now is the change in rhetoric. We’re hearing higher from Turkish officials saying normalization with the regime is a possibility,” Tol said in a responding phone interview. to questions about Erdogan. recent statement regarding relations with Syria.

“But, really, if you look at all the developments that have happened since 2016, I don’t think it’s shocking.”

Tol said that since Erdogan began aligning his party with the nationalists to consolidate power, his top priority has shifted from toppling the Assad regime to limiting Kurdish advances in northern Syria.

“To achieve this goal, he needed not only a Russian green light, but also working closely with the regime itself. … So there was a tacit understanding between the two – while Erdogan attacks the Kurds, Assad is looking the other way,” Tol said.

Turkey has carried out four military operations in Syria since 2016 and considers the Kurdish YPG armed militia, a key element of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in northern Syria, a threat to national security.

Ankara views the Syrian Democratic Forces as a Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which Turkey and the United States have designated as a terrorist organization.

Turkey, a NATO member, has a military presence in large swathes of northern Syria. Damascus considers Turkey an occupying power and calls for its unconditional withdrawal from Syria.

military incursion

Erdogan announced in June his intention to launch a new military incursion into northern Syria, targeting the areas of Tal Rifaat and Manbij to form a safe zone along the Syrian border. But it hasn’t happened yet.

Russian and pro-Syrian government forces are present in these areas, and Russia has not approved Turkey’s operation.

Aron Lund, a member of Century International and a Middle East analyst at the Swedish Defense Research Agency, thinks Erdogan saw an opportunity for a new military operation as the US and Russia focused mainly on Ukraine.

Lund notes that Ankara does not need to seek the green light from Washington because the United States is not involved with SDF forces in the area where Turkey is considering an operation.

“Erdogan felt that Russia had weakened and was under increased international pressure, so it would not be able to fend off the same level of resistance in Syria. So it’s basically a good time to get away with it. take from the Syrian Democratic Forces because the United States and the Europeans will offer more discreet criticism than they normally would and the Russians will be more open to negotiating at Assad’s expense,” Lund told VOA during the interview. ‘a conversation.

“But Russia managed to parry that and drag Erdogan into a negotiation process where the counter-demand is that he has to talk to Assad, or not Assad personally maybe, but some form of normalization of their relationship. “, added Lund.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said last Monday that Moscow was ready to arrange a meeting between Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

“We think that [a foreign minister-level meeting] would be helpful. We are talking about establishing contacts, so far through the military and intelligence services – there have been such contacts,” Bogdanov said, answering a question about the possibility of such a meeting.

On the other hand, Mekdad told Sputnik on Saturday that there was no contact or meeting with Turkish officials during the UNGA. “There is no negotiation, no contact, at least nothing at the level of foreign ministers,” Mekdad said.

Mekdad also accused Turkey of failing to meet commitments agreed under the Astana process without detailing them. Erdogan, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Tehran for talks in Astana in July.

“The only obstacle to the peace process is Turkey’s lack of commitment,” Mekdad told Sputnik on the sidelines of the UNGA.

Return of refugees

Turkey’s pro-government daily, Sabah, reported on September 17 that Syrian and Turkish intelligence officials discussed several issues, including completing the process of Syria’s new constitution, revoking its expropriation law which allowed the Syrian government to confiscate property left behind by refugees, and the safe return of those refugees from Syria. Turkey hosts 3.7 million Syrian refugees, the largest refugee population in the world.

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority announced that more than 68,000 brick houses have been built in Syria for the return of refugees.

International rights groups, including Amnesty International, say war-torn Syria is still not safe to return.

Aaron Stein, Turkey expert and chief content officer at Metamorphic Media, says the parameters of Turkish foreign policy on Syria haven’t changed since 2016, but what has changed is that domestic political dynamics in Turkey got so bad for Erdogan’s party.

Stein cited rising anti-Syrian refugee sentiment in Turkey and the country’s economic crisis, with official inflation at 80.2% last month.

The next presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for next June, but the opposition parties are calling for early elections, which Erdogan has ruled out. The alliance of six opposition parties against Erdogan has promised to return Syrian refugees in a humane way. On the other hand, the far-right Victory Party is calling for the forced expulsion of Syrian refugees, blaming them for rising food prices.

“No Turk cares about Bashar al-Assad. What worries people in Turkey is that the cost of living is rising, food prices are out of control and wages are stagnating,” he said. Stein at VOA.

Stein said he did not expect any real progress on Turkey-Syria rapprochement and added: “I think the value for Erdogan now is that he can tell his constituents that he is working on a problem”.

This story was born in VOA Turkish service.

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Turkey accuses Greece of transferring arms to islands | New https://esenfidanlik.com/turkey-accuses-greece-of-transferring-arms-to-islands-new/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 22:49:33 +0000 https://esenfidanlik.com/turkey-accuses-greece-of-transferring-arms-to-islands-new/

Turkish armed forces drones captured footage of Greece transferring armored vehicles to Aegean islands without military status, Anadolu news agency reported.

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“The ships were revealed to be carrying 23 wheeled armored tactical vehicles to Lesvos and 18 to Samos, islands with no military status. The armored vehicles were among those shipped by the United States to Alexandropolis in Greece. [Dedeagac] Port,” the post said.

According to Turkish security sources, the statement noted, these actions constitute a violation of international law. They also highlighted Turkey‘s efforts to resolve issues through dialogue and in accordance with international law.

“The fact that Greece does not even attend the meetings despite the invitations and makes such provocations shows that increases the tension”, underlined the security sources, quoted by the agency.

Greece and Turkey, member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), have repeatedly been on the brink of armed confrontation over their territorial disputes.

A new wave of tension erupted on August 23, when Greek anti-aircraft batteries, according to the Turkish Defense Ministry, aimed their missiles at two Turkish warplanes. Greece, for its part, denies it.

Turkish authorities have warned Greece that it will pay a heavy price if it goes further. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar called on NATO to be objective about what happened.

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Thomas A. Kazakos: Managing Director, Cyprus Chamber of Navigation https://esenfidanlik.com/thomas-a-kazakos-managing-director-cyprus-chamber-of-navigation/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 10:00:56 +0000 https://esenfidanlik.com/thomas-a-kazakos-managing-director-cyprus-chamber-of-navigation/

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Tensions high between narcotics division and FSA factions in al-Bab in Syria https://esenfidanlik.com/tensions-high-between-narcotics-division-and-fsa-factions-in-al-bab-in-syria/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 11:23:19 +0000 https://esenfidanlik.com/tensions-high-between-narcotics-division-and-fsa-factions-in-al-bab-in-syria/

ALEPPO, Syria — Tension has intensified in the town of al-Bab, in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, after a group of armed men belonging to the Hamza Departmentaffiliated with the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), raided the home of an official of the narcotics division of the police force and national general securityalso supported by Turkey.

The September 13 raid raised popular anger and sparked angry protests in the streets of al-Bab, with some demonstrators burning tires and demanding that the attackers and the group to which they belong, which is known to traffic drugs in the area, be held accountable.

Muhammad Ghanoum, a journalist based in al-Bab, told Al-Monitor: “An armed group led by Abu Abdo al-Qadri, a prominent leader of the FSA’s Hamza division, stormed on September 13 the home of Sohaib Abu Kasha, an officer in the narcotics division of al-Bab city police.

He said: ‘The group brutally stormed the house before searching it and breaking furniture, terrifying the children and women who were inside the house at the time of the attack. One of the attackers confiscated Abu Kasha’s wife’s mobile phone and searched it. Before leaving the house, another of the attackers told the woman that they had broken into the house in retaliation for her husband’s confiscation of a shipment of narcotics. »

Ghanoum added: “The attackers took advantage of the absence of Abu Kasha who worked on the outskirts of al-Bab town. [on the day of the attack]. Everyone who stormed the house was drunk, and apparently some of them were on drugs.

Speaking to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, one of Abu Kasha’s relatives said: “The armed gang affiliated with the Hamza division is known locally in al-Bab for its drug trafficking operations and has a very bad reputation. Their brutal storming of the house was shocking and an intrusion and violation towards its owners.

He noted, “The armed gang wanted revenge against my relative, Abu Kasha, because a few weeks ago he confiscated a shipment of narcotics and hashish belonging to this gang. Since then, Abu Kasha has been receiving threats and they eventually carried out their threat by storming his house and terrorizing his family members, wife, children and elderly mother.

Raid news quickly broadcast in al-Bab, sparking protests calling for the arrest of the attackers. FSAs military police In effect arrested four members of the group, including Qadri. Photos of detainees broadcast in the media after their hair has been completely shaved off.

On September 13, members of the security forces and military police affiliated with the FSA offensive and destroy the cameras of journalists and photographers who were present near the military police headquarters in al-Bab, where the gang members who stormed the house were being held.

The vicinity of the military police headquarters also witnessed heavy clashes between members of the Hamza Division and the military police after the arrest of Qadri and his group.

Muhammad Abu Rashid, an FSA military police official in the town of al-Bab, told Al-Monitor: “Those involved in the assault on Abu Kasha’s house were arrested and imprisoned before being transferred to military justice where they will be prosecuted. »

Abu Rashid denied reports of clashes with the Hamza Division over the arrest of those involved in the raid. “Some demonstrators gathered near the [military police] building and some of them fired in the air, while the police did not respond to the shots. Things did not turn into clashes or firefights,” he said.

Since the beginning of 2022, the factions of the FSA are carry out a crackdown versus drug dealers and smugglers in different parts of the Aleppo countryside.

In June, Hayat Thaeroon for Liberation, a formation that includes several Turkish-backed FSA factions, posted a video in which two people accused of drug trafficking and cooperation with the Lebanese movement Hezbollah in the countryside of Aleppo confessed about their drug trafficking activities and their ties to a member of Hezbollah who supplies them with narcotics from the predominantly Shia towns of Nubl and al-Zahraa in rural Aleppo.

According to the recording, Hayat Thaeroon for Liberation also confiscated 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of narcotic pills and bags of hashish which were in the possession of the detainee.

Another one drug seizure occurred in May in the town of Marea, in the northern countryside of Aleppo, and led to the dozens arrested drug traffickers, according to local media networks close to the FSA.

In November 2021, military police raided a drug manufacturing plant in the countryside of Afrin. It was the first drug factory be raided in FSA controlled areas in the Aleppo countryside.

Of them leading members of the FSA were accused of run the factorywhich was financed by their relatives based in Turkey and holders of Turkish nationality.

In mid-June, the Third Legion affiliated with the FSA identified and searched a second drug manufacturing plant near Azaz.

In light of this and the recent incident, it appears that a standoff is brewing between the police narcotics division and certain FSA groups and leaders who are involved in the trade, manufacture and promotion of drugs.

Yet it appears that police operations remain limited to civilians involved in drug trafficking, who are not supported by FSA factions. Meanwhile, high-level drug traffickers and manufacturers are protected by armed factions and are rarely arrested. Some believe that Qadri, a leader of the Hamza division, would not have been arrested recently if his men had not attacked Abu Kasha’s house.

Although he was arrested by the military police – in response to popular anger – many expect Qadri and his gang to be freed soon, without consequences.

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Daily press briefing | Cyprus courier https://esenfidanlik.com/daily-press-briefing-cyprus-courier/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 06:54:42 +0000 https://esenfidanlik.com/daily-press-briefing-cyprus-courier/

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September 22 live updates: BoE hikes rates by 50bps, NATO slams ‘sham’ referendums https://esenfidanlik.com/september-22-live-updates-boe-hikes-rates-by-50bps-nato-slams-sham-referendums/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 22:59:35 +0000 https://esenfidanlik.com/september-22-live-updates-boe-hikes-rates-by-50bps-nato-slams-sham-referendums/

The British government has lifted a moratorium on fracking for natural gas despite widespread public opposition and several previous failed attempts to launch a national onshore drilling campaign.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the business secretary, said the UK was committed to becoming a net exporter of energy by 2040. He argued the country must pursue all options to strengthen its security energy following Russia’s decision to cut gas supplies to Europe.

“The light at [President Vladimir] Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and weaponization of energy, strengthening our energy security is a top priority,” Rees-Mogg said.

“To get there, we will have to explore all the avenues available to us through solar, wind, oil and gas production. So it’s only fair that we lifted the pause to realize all the potential sources of household gas. »

The industry, however, has doubts about the UK’s ability to ramp up fracking.

While Prime Minister Liz Truss has backed a new push to increase domestic oil and gas production, the Conservative Party has always said it will only happen where there is “local support”.

A YouGov poll in May showed that 27% of the population supported shale gas extraction, although that number had fallen from around 19% before the energy crisis.

The fracking moratorium was imposed in 2019 after shale-focused driller Cuadrilla triggered a number of earthquakes, including one that reached 2.9 on the Richter scale, as it was trying to develop a site near Blackpool in Lancashire.

Rees-Mogg told the BBC on Wednesday that seismic limits for fracking were “too low” and should be changed from the threshold of 0.5 on the Richter scale that triggers a shutdown. activity.

Truss has suggested fracking could boost UK gas supplies within six months despite advice from previous ministers.

The government on Thursday confirmed its support for the launch of a round of oil and gas licenses in the North Sea, expected in early October.

The British Geological Survey, tasked with assessing seismic risk by the government, said in a report on Thursday that “predicting the occurrence of large earthquakes and their expected magnitude is complex and remains a scientific challenge”.

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Syria’s water crisis culminates in cholera outbreak https://esenfidanlik.com/syrias-water-crisis-culminates-in-cholera-outbreak/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 12:08:00 +0000 https://esenfidanlik.com/syrias-water-crisis-culminates-in-cholera-outbreak/

A woman with cholera is treated at Al-Kasrah hospital in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor on September 17, 2022. Photo: VCG

In a Syrian hospital crowded with crying women and children, Ahmad al-Mohammad writhed in pain next to his wife after contracting cholera, which reappeared for the first time in years.

During his six days of treatment, Mohammad watched patients flock to Al-Kasrah hospital in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, where the heavily polluted Euphrates River is a major source of contaminated water used both for drinking and for irrigation.

“We suffered from diarrhoea, vomiting and pain (…) because we drink directly from the Euphrates,” the 45-year-old man told AFP from hospital, barely able to speak.

“The waters of the Euphrates are polluted but we have no other choice.”

Cholera is usually contracted from contaminated food or water and spreads in residential areas that lack proper sewage systems or main drinking water.

The disease is making its first big comeback since 2009 in Syria, where nearly two-thirds of sewage treatment plants, half of pumping stations and a third of water towers have been damaged by more than a decade of war, according to the UN. .

The Syrian government has announced 23 deaths and more than 250 cases of cholera in six of the country’s 14 provinces since the outbreak began in September, with most cases concentrated in the northern province of Aleppo.

The semi-autonomous Kurdish administration that runs northeastern Syria and parts of Deir Ezzor has recorded 16 deaths and 78 cases in areas under its control, including 43 cases in western Deir Ezzor, it said on Wednesday. health official Juan Mustafa to the press.

He said Euphrates water tests proved the presence of cholera-causing bacteria – a spread he says was caused by reduced water flow.

River pollution

Said to once flow through the biblical Garden of Eden, the Euphrates stretches nearly 2,800 kilometers through Turkey, Syria and Iraq.

In times of rain, it offered plentiful supplies, gushing into northern Syria across the Turkish border and flowing diagonally across the war-torn country towards Iraq.

But drought and rising temperatures linked to climate change have drastically reduced water levels, with the Euphrates at historic lows.

Syria’s Kurds have also accused Turkey of holding back more water than necessary in its dams.

Reduced water flow has aggravated the problem of river pollution, largely from sewage, but also from oil in oil-rich areas, including Deir Ezzor.

Despite the contamination, more than 5 million of Syria’s approximately 18 million people depend on the Euphrates for their drinking water, according to the UN.

This aerial view shows part of the Euphrates on September 17, 2022, a major source of contaminated water used for both drinking and irrigation, near the city of Al-Kasrah in Deir Ezzor province , in eastern Syria.  Photo: CGV

This aerial view shows part of the Euphrates on September 17, 2022, a major source of contaminated water used for both drinking and irrigation, near the city of Al-Kasrah in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor in Syria. Photo: CGV

The cost of this addiction was visible at Al-Kasrah hospital, where a man gently cradled his baby, an intravenous tube piercing the child’s tiny hand.

Hospital director Tarek Alaeddine said the facility admits dozens of suspected cholera cases every day and has tallied hundreds of cases in the past three weeks.

“The patients were all drinking clean water delivered by trucks that extracted it directly from the Euphrates, without filtering or sterilization,” Alaeddine said.

“We call on all international organizations working on health and the environment to act quickly and urgently.”

“We must live”

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said earlier in September that the disease had spread to western parts of Deir Ezzor after local authorities stopped distributing chlorine to pumping stations of water.

The Kurdish administration, which controls parts of Deir Ezzor, including Al-Kasrah, said it resumed distribution after the outbreak.

They also announced assistance to Al-Kasrah and other medical facilities in the region to help contain the number of cases.

But the main source of the problem remains largely unresolved.

Farmer Ahmad Suleiman al-Rashid, 55, said he irrigated his cotton, okra, spinach and sesame fields with water from the Euphrates, which caused crop contamination.

“There are no water filter stations…we drink unsterilized, unchlorinated water and rely on God to protect us,” he said.

“What else can we do?”

As he spoke, a rusty truck was pumping water from the green, murky Euphrates.

Meanwhile, irrigation pipes sucked water from the river, letting what appeared to be oil spill onto the land.

“We know the water is polluted…but we drink it anyway,” Rashid said. “We have no other choice.”

Nearby, a young boy splashed river water on his face to cool off in the summer heat while Sobha Hamid Ali, 60, sat in the shade cleaning spinach leaves.

She too is aware of the dangers but says there is not much she can do.

“We are forced to eat contaminated vegetables,” Ali said in a soft voice. “We have to live after all.”

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September 21 Live Updates: Fed Hikes Rates 75bps, NATO and Turkey Criticize Russian Tactics https://esenfidanlik.com/september-21-live-updates-fed-hikes-rates-75bps-nato-and-turkey-criticize-russian-tactics/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 21:56:11 +0000 https://esenfidanlik.com/september-21-live-updates-fed-hikes-rates-75bps-nato-and-turkey-criticize-russian-tactics/
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Robert Sarver, the beleaguered owner of the National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, said he was beginning the process of selling the two franchises a week after the league suspended him for using language racist and misogynistic.

The impending sales mark the second time in less than a decade that an NBA franchise has been put on the market following owner misconduct – the Los Angeles Clippers were sold in 2014 to Steve Ballmer after the former owner Donald Sterling was recorded making racist comments.

Sarver, a real estate developer who has owned the Suns since 2004, used the N-word within the front office on at least five occasions, discriminated against a pregnant employee, made obscene jokes and comments about employees’ bodies and contributed to a culture of bullying, according to an independent investigation by law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz released last week. The allegations against Sarver were first reported by ESPN in November 2021.

The NBA suspended Sarver for a year and imposed a $10 million fine, though such penalties have come under fire in recent days from top sponsors and players for being lenient. On Friday, payment provider PayPal said it would not renew its sponsorship of the team if Sarver remained in charge after his suspension.

In a statement Wednesday, Sarver said he hoped the suspension would “give me time to focus, make amends and remove my personal controversy from the teams I and so many fans love. But in our current unforgiving climate , it has become painfully clear that this is no longer possible”.

Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner, said in a statement Wednesday that he supports Sarver’s decision to sell and that “it’s the right next step for the organization and the community.”

Last week, Silver defended the league’s penalty terms, saying he thought it was handled “fairly” and that “while there were these terrible things, there were also a lot, many people who had very positive things to say about [Sarver]”.

The Suns, who reached the 2021 NBA Finals, are currently valued at $1.8 billion by Forbes. Dyal home court Partners, a division of alternative asset manager Blue Owl, took a minority stake in the franchise last year. The latest NBA franchise sale was the 2020 purchase of Utah Jazz president Ryan Smith by Qualtrics for more than $1.6 billion. A review of the Mercury, which counts Brittney Griner among its top stars, was not immediately available.

This post has been updated to include the NBA commissioner’s comment.

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Can the SCO be Turkey’s alternative to the West? | News of Recep Tayyip Erdogan https://esenfidanlik.com/can-the-sco-be-turkeys-alternative-to-the-west-news-of-recep-tayyip-erdogan/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 14:37:30 +0000 https://esenfidanlik.com/can-the-sco-be-turkeys-alternative-to-the-west-news-of-recep-tayyip-erdogan/

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed his NATO member country’s intention to become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), suggesting that Ankara is seeking alternatives to its problematic ties with the West.

Erdogan, who made the remarks after attending last week’s SCO summit in Uzbekistan, was also quoted as saying by Turkish media that the 2023 SCO meeting in India will be a place to discuss further. from this perspective.

China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Pakistan, India and Uzbekistan are full members of the political, economic and security organization.

Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia are SCO observer countries, while Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey are SCO dialogue partners. block.

“Our ties with these countries will be moved to a much different position,” Erdogan told reporters on Saturday.

When asked by reporters if he meant that Turkey would seek membership in the organization, the president replied, “Of course, that’s the goal.”

The SCO is not seen as an alternative to NATO, a military alliance vested with collective defense responsibilities under Article 5 of its founding treaty, which regards an armed attack against one or more members as “an attack on all”.

Mensur Akgun, a professor of international relations, told Al Jazeera that the SCO is a hybrid bloc that seeks to prevent a vacuum in Central and South Asia through cooperation.

“It aims to increase dialogue and cooperation, to solve problems between its members when needed and to stand in solidarity with each other against interventions in the region by outside powers,” he said, adding that the SCO is closer to the model of the European Union than to NATO.

“An organization that has great rivals India and Pakistan under its umbrella would not be able to have automatic military interdependence like NATO,” Akgun said.

Akgun also said growing political and economic ties between Turkey and Russia in recent years have contributed to Erdogan’s remarks on SCO membership, especially given Turkey’s often strained relations with the powers that be. Western.

Turkey purchased the Russian S-400 defense systems, which resulted in US sanctions in addition to Turkey’s withdrawal from a US-led program developing F-35 fighter jets. Russia is also building Turkey’s first nuclear power plant and the two countries signed an economic cooperation agreement in August.

Even though Turkey and Russia have backed opposing sides in the war in Syria, the two countries have largely coordinated closely during the conflict.

The Turkish government also took a balanced stance on Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February. He has supplied Ukraine with weapons, including drones, but he has not imposed sanctions on Russia and has criticized what he calls Western policies “based on provocation” towards Moscow.

Ankara has tried to mediate between Russia and Ukraine since the start of the conflict and helped broker a deal in July for Ukrainian grain ships to sail to overseas markets.

Tense ties with the West

Galip Dalay, a nonresident senior fellow at the Global Affairs Council for the Middle East, said Erdogan’s remarks about joining the SCO stemmed from Ankara’s tensions with the West.

“Whenever there is discontent with the West – especially with the United States [over] the perception that Turkey is being treated unfairly – the idea of ​​alternatives came up,” he told Al Jazeera.

“And because of that, Ankara currently believes that Turkey’s interests are best served by a balance between different centers of power – that is, China, Russia and the West,” Dalay said.

Ankara has also been at odds with the US and some EU member states over its support for Syrian Kurdish fighters who have allied with the West in the fight against ISIL (ISIS) in the torn country. by war.

Turkey sees the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the main part of the anti-ISIL alliance, as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting the Turkish state for decades. decades.

Erdogan threatened to block Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO bids over what he said was support for those groups, but lifted his opposition after a meeting with US President Joe Biden in June.

Following the move, Biden voiced support for sales of F-16 jets to Turkey — warplanes currently in use and inferior to the F-35s in development. However, he needs US Congressional approval for the move.

In July, the United States House of Representatives approved an amendment creating a new obstacle to Biden’s plan to sell F-16s to Turkey, imposing strict conditions on any sale.

Erdogan said last week that his government could consider other options if the United States was unable to fulfill its promise to provide the jets.

Recently, the escalation of tensions in the Mediterranean Sea between NATO members Turkey and Greece has also prompted the EU and the United States to condemn Turkey.

Ankara and Athens are at odds over a range of issues such as overflights, the status of islands between the two countries, maritime borders and hydrocarbon resources.

However, Akgun believes Turkey is unlikely to become a member of the SCO for several reasons, given the structure and objectives of the bloc.

“Turkey’s membership in the SCO does not seem possible as a NATO member and EU candidate, but also because it is currently geographically and politically irrelevant to the existence goals of the SCO,” Akgun said.

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Turkish court adjourns case against main Erdogan opponent until November https://esenfidanlik.com/turkish-court-adjourns-case-against-main-erdogan-opponent-until-november/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 12:53:33 +0000 https://esenfidanlik.com/turkish-court-adjourns-case-against-main-erdogan-opponent-until-november/

A Turkish court on Wednesday adjourned until November the trial of Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, a popular opponent of President Tayyip Erdogan, as police stepped up security near the courthouse after protests in support of him were banned.

Imamoglu, who according to polls would be a serious challenger for Erdogan IF he was due to race in next year’s national eelectionsis accused of insulting public officials in a speech he gave about a new 2019 mayoral election which he won.

The the case, which has been adjourned to November 11, could result in a political ban for Imamoglu if found guilty.

All main roads leading to the courtwe,in the district of Kartal, on the Asian side of Istanbul, were cordoned off by hundreds of police. Several hundred people gathered nearby youo Express support for Imamoglu, a member of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).

“We came to support Mayor Ekrem. We have come to seek justice in this country,” said Istanbul Municipality employee Kemal Ercan.

“I think such massive security measures are taken to exert psychological pressure on citizens,” he said, referring to the police presence.

The outcome of Turkey’s 2023 presidential and parliamentary elections is considered to hinge on the ability of the CHP and other opposition parties to join forces against Erdogan and his Islamist-origin AK Party, which has ruled the country for two decades.

Most analysts expect CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu to win the nomination to be the opposition presidential candidate.

The district governor the office said so had banned press releases and marches to protect public order, as many people would show up to express their support for Imamoglu, who took office as mayor in 2019 in a clash for Erdogan’s AKP.

(Reuters – Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg)

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