‘To Putin with love’: a provocative Turkish message written on bombs

ANKARA, (BM) – A “message of love” was sent to Putin by the Turks, written on the bombs thrown at Intlib. At the same time Moscow is preparing a powerful anti-Turkish front with the Gulf countries, overturning the geopolitical landscape, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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A peculiar Turkish “love letter” to Russia was revealed by self-styled Turkish journalist Abdullah Bozkurt. A photo he posted on his Twitter account shows a bomb where he writes in Turkish “Putin’e sevgilerle” in Turkish.

According to Bozkurt, revenge messages are written in bombs used by Turkey in Syria in the aftermath of the deaths of 36 Turkish soldiers killed in Russian and Syrian air strikes.

As announced earlier, Erdogan will travel to Russia on Thursday, March 5, to discuss the implementation of the Sochi Accords in Syria with Vladimir Putin.

According to Igor Subbotin, an ethnologist and editor-in-chief of the NG newspaper, Russia is trying to move away from regular cooperation with Turkey in Syria, balancing its cooperation with the Gulf countries.

This is stated in a study by Al-Monitor, which focuses on the frequency of contacts between Moscow and some Arab states in recent times.

The reason is the insoluble contradictions between the Russian Federation and Turkey, in the Syrian province of Intlib, which is controlled by fighters from the Turkish opposition and Islamic terrorist elements.

Analysts at Al-Monitor say Russian diplomacy is helping to restore relations between the Syrian authorities and the Arab countries.

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In February, when diplomatic stalemate became more apparent in Russian-Turkish contacts for Intlib, Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) head Sergei Naryshkin paid two interesting visits, to Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

According to the Russian official, during these negotiations “the prospects of cooperation in the fight against international terrorism, new challenges and threats to the national interests of both sides were discussed”.

Researchers at the Arab agency, however, said the main focus of Naryskin’s discussions was mainly on Syria.

The SVR’s press office had difficulty responding to a question about which country in the Middle East was the focus of Russian visits to Oman and the UAE.

Especially in this regard was Jordan recently, which launched an initiative to revive political infrastructure in the southern regions of Syria. In late February, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in a meeting with Jordanian counterpart Ayman al-Safadi, praised the idea.

Arab monarchies other than Qatar are one of Turkey’s main geopolitical rivals, and so any intensification of contacts between the Russian Federation and these centers of power, especially during disputes over the province of Indlib, shows us that Moscow is looking for a military-political counterweight to Turkey.

Al-Akhbar newspaper, citing its sources, said the United Arab Emirates offered to help Syria at both investment and supply levels.

The Emirates are also proposing to push for exceptions to the US sanctions regime. All this is being implemented to prevent the Turkish influence in Syria.

“I think Moscow has a lot of restrictions on rebalancing the forces, but it just needs to change the rules of the game in Syria,” said Anton Mardasov, a specialist at the Russian Foreign Affairs Council, speaking to NG.

In a conversation with Nezavisimaya Gazeta, the former US State Department Special Envoy for Syria, Frederick Hof, said the immediate need for a ceasefire was in Indlib.

“Turkey remains a member of NATO, so the possibility of a dangerous escalation with the participation of other countries cannot be ruled out,” the former diplomat said.

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Undoubtedly, excellent Middle East experts at the Russian Foreign Ministry are creating a kind of anti-Turkish alliance with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

However, the problem they will face is a massive humanitarian catastrophe caused by Assad’s ceasefire violation in northwestern Syria.

The American analyst draws attention to the fact that the leadership of Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, in the light of all the suffering suffered by the Syrian Arab population, should consider its public opinion, even if some form of “anti-Turkish” is achieved. agreement “with the Kremlin and the narrative here should be Erdogan’s plan to revive the Ottoman Empire which is hated by all the Arab peoples of the region”.


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