experts discuss Turkey’s policy towards Ukraine and mistakes made in Crimea
Published: October 27, 2021 at 8:44 a.m. EDT
ISTANBUL, October 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Russia–Ukraine tensions, the support of the United States Ukraine and the impact of Turkey policy towards Ukraine policies in the region were discussed on October 24 on the program of the News Center of the Turkish national channel after numerous expert interviews assessing the results and possible consequences of the meeting at the end of September between Putin and Erdogan.
Emra Şen hosted the talk show which was attended by Vice Chairman of the Vatan Party, Professor Dr. Semih Koray, retired Air Staff Colonel Ihsan Sefa, Professor at Ufuk University, Professor Dr. Sencer İmer, Journalist Deniz Berktay and President of the Association of Eurasian Municipalities Hassan Cengiz.
“The issue of Ukraine clearly disturbs Turkey and Russia“, doctor Imer scent said, adding that Turkey hostility to Russia is 180 degrees unlike Turkey interests, because being involved in this operation could cause problems with the South stream pipeline, cut off the Akkuyu nuclear power plant and the supply of S-400, weaken economic relations and trade. “From an economic point of view, we see a difficult situation in Turkey, because it has structural problems” – he underlined.
Ihsan Sefa declared: “United States and NATO support Ukraine vs Russia, so we have to move to a one-way policy”, recalling that Turkey has several agreements with Ukraine including those of defense cooperation. “We need Ukrainian technologies that were developed in Soviet times, for example, for our domestic combat aircraft. So it will not be very pleasant for us to turn against Ukraine, but we are not going to try to get Ukraine in NATO. Other countries won’t want to take it anyway. At the same time, we must not lose Russia confidence in putting this forward. We will cooperate with Russia in Syria, then we go up towards the Black Sea with Russia enemy. These are the wrong policies.”
Teacher. dr. Semih Koray, deputy leader of the Fatherland Party, said that the Black Sea would become a NATO lake if Ukraine and Georgia joined NATO: “It’s not a problem between United States and Russia, but rather a problem between United States and the whole world. Yes Ukraine and Georgia are included in NATO, this will not only mean the encirclement of Russia from the south, but also the encirclement of Turkey North. This would affect the stability, peace, development opportunities of all countries in the region.”
Deniz Berktay expressed concern over NATO’s increased presence in the region. “When we look Turkey foreign policy, when we look at the threats hanging over Turkey, the real threat comes from the West. The weight of NATO here has increased too much, which is obviously not desirable for Turkey interests”.
Concluding the discussion, Hassan Cengiz noted the importance of the Black Sea, pointing out that since Atatürk it was “the sea of peace”. Speaking about Crimea and the political tensions related to it, he said: “Crimea needs time. In 50 to 100 years these issues will no longer be on the agenda. The world is moving towards Eurasia. You have to be careful at a time like this.” .
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