“Tense” does not even begin to describe the current Russia-Turkey geopolitical tension, which shows no sign of abating. The Empire of Chaos lavishly profits from it as a privileged spectator; as long as the tension lasts, prospects of Eurasia integration are hampered.
Russian intel has certainly played all possible scenarios involving a NATO Turkish army on the Turkish-Syrian border as well as the possibility of Ankara closing the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles for the Russian “Syria Express”. Erdogan may not be foolish enough to offer Russia yet another casus belli. But Moscow is taking no chances.
“We think Turkey has a plan to make Iraq split into three independent areas,” Iraqi political analyst says.
Although Iraq has made several such requests in the past weeks and has urged NATO to force Turkey to immediately withdraw its troops, Turkey responded that withdrawing their troops from the country is out of the question.
The latest Iraqi government statement came a day after Turkey shifted some of its troops stationed at a training camp in Bashiqah to the north close to the Turkish border in order to defuse tensions that flared up recently between Ankara and Baghdad.
Experts in Iraq say although Turkey has claimed that their troops are in Iraq as part of a training mission and to help Iraq to combat extremism, its real aim is to fight against its rival the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
“Turkey has been in Iraq for weeks now, and its main purpose is to fight against the armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party. It doesn’t even have an extremist group target so far. The so-called ‘anti-terrorism’ is a lie. It is incorrect and inaccurate. Their purpose is to weaken the Kurdistan Workers’ Party,” said political analyst Saad al-Muttalibi.
Russia on Thursday said it was drafting a wide-ranging list of economic sanctions against Turkey that would hit food imports and joint investment projects among other things.
Turkey and Russia have important economic links. Russia is Turkey’s second-largest trading partner, while more than three million Russian tourists visited Turkey last year.
Mr Erdogan’s latest statement on the downing of the plane came in an address to supporters in Balikesir, western Turkey, following the murder of a senior Kurdish lawyer, Tahir Elci, in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir earlier on Saturday.
Mr Elci was shot dead by an unknown gunman as he called for an end to violence between Turkey and the Kurdish rebel PKK group, which resumed in July.