At the heart of the normalization of relations between Turkey and Russia, the activities of the United States in the direction of Turkey have increased in recent days. In addition, these activities are increasing proportionally to the improvement of Russian-Turkish relations.
Western media and Turkish opposition sources do not stop reporting on “Russian aggression” in Syria. It is already commonplace. One of the widespread reports in the Western media is alleged air attack by Russian aircrafts on front-line Turkish special forces, killing dozens of Turkish soldiers.
As usual, Russia was held responsible even though the Russian aerospace force did not operate in this region (in the north of the Syrian governorial Aleppo). According to a silent agreement between the sides, this area is under the control of aircraft of the US-led coalition.
It seems as if the United States was in a state of tense relations between Russia and Turkey, and Washington is now making great efforts to bring about a new Russian-Turkish confrontation.
On 24 November a Russian SU-24 front bomber was shot down by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet. However, we should not forget that this provocation was supported by reconnaissance data from a group of US satellites and Boeing E-3 AWACS of the US Air Force.
Measured against the means used, the decision to attack the Russian jet was not taken in Ankara. Most likely, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gave only the consent to this provocation, the belief that the Russian aerospace forces are too much hindering the Turkish interests. However, he should not think that his partner from overseas is concerned about the interests of Turkey.
On 16 July a military coup took place in Turkey. If Erdogan had not been so determined, and his opponents had been so, the event would have led to a mass uprising in the army whose grudge against the government had long developed into naked hatred. All this would have remained an internal affair of Turkey, but it turned out that the power structures in the country were mainly controlled by US military and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The influence of the CIA was particularly strong on the Turkish Air Force. Most of the arrests were carried out on the Incirlik Air Force Base, where US aircraft are stationed. The pilot, who shot the Russian bomber last fall, was among the arrested.
After the coup attempt was smashed and the first data were analyzed, Erdogan realized that the United States did not want a stable Turkey and the relations between Ankara and Moscow began to change slowly. Recently, chances for a partnership between Russia and Turkey on the situation in Syria, the most serious problem, were marked. Some paragraphs of the incomplete agreement between Russia and the United States were in the interest of Turkey. As a result, it was quite realistic to achieve a balance of interests for the Syrian governor Aleppo.
While the attitude of the US towards Turkey is very clear, the US authorities are again trying to force Ankara to defend the interests of the West in the region. They make plans for a joint “attack on ar-Raqqa” and put pressure on the Syrian government. In this way, Turkey will inevitably collide with the interests of Russia, according to Washington. The Turkish authorities should decide whether to continue to implement the “orders” of the United States, or to conduct a dialogue on Syria with Russia, which is interested in a stable Middle East.
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