TEL AVIV, (BM) – Turkey is against US, but is working with Russia and Iran, according to a report by Seth J. Franzman in Jerusalem post, published this Sunday [January 3, 2021 – ed.], learned BulgarianMilitary.com. According to the author, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s primary goal is to reduce American influence in the Middle East.
“In every invasion that Ankara has carried out so far, it seeks to increase the power of Russia and Iran – not only to weaken America, but also to cut all groups that want democracy or a freer press, and to attract extremists and authoritarians,” Franzman said.
According to Franzman, the three countries – Turkey, Russia, and Iran – have pragmatic relations aimed at repelling Washington’s influence. Of course, this is was done with the basic idea of imposing the next “series” of powers – the Turks, Russians, and Iranians. According to the author, this idea is best “shined” and “seen” during Syria and Libya conflicts. Franzman says that with their joint help between them, Turkey and Russia have “pushed” the United States out of these conflict zones, although they support different fronts.
According to the author of the report, the recent events in Nagorno-Karabakh are more than indicative of the status quo’s change. Franzman claims that US influence in the South Caucasus is over. Turkey’s and Russia’s involvement in the conflict has only strengthened their position there.
“While Western media tell stories of how the Turkish-Iranian-Russian triangle destines to collide because of historical Ottoman, Persian, and Russian imperial goals or because they are Sunni, Shiite and Christian countries, this is a misreading of history,” he said. “They are more willing to work together against their common enemies in the West and to contribute to their joint authoritarian and military programs.”
However, another report claims that Israel and Turkey are shifting Russia’s influence in Nagorno-Karabakh
The American military online portal Defense News is analyzing the weapons used by the two warring parties in Nagorno Karabakh, as we reported on October 17. According to the publication, the Russian Federation has indeed supplied significant weapons to Baku and Yerevan in recent years, but according to experts from the US military, this pace of supply is unlikely to continue after the end of the war.
The brief analysis of the situation since the end of September is as follows: Armenia and Azerbaijan have suffered losses of both soldiers and weapons. The losses are not small, on the contrary – they are quite large. At the same time, the Putin administration is trying to play the role of a peacemaker in the conflict and is holding meetings and talks with the parties concerned, which they want to end the conflict. And despite the regular meetings in Moscow, they did not give the expected result. On the contrary, hostilities continue in full force, which in one way or another threatens Moscow’s position.
Analysts also acknowledge Turkey’s role in the conflict. Many argue that with the decline of Russian influence in the region, Turkish has increased proportionately. Thus, according to Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), Moscow’s leading voice has been muffled and Erdogan and Aliyev have improved relations, giving Ankara a stronger influence on Azerbaijan, at the expense of of Russia.
We remind you that the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system is in the service of both Azerbaijan and Armenia. But the main problem in this “unequal” war is the lack of finances in Yerevan. Because Yerevan has old Russian weapons, and the purchased 4 ++ generation Su-30 fighters and the Tor-M2KM missile system were acquired only through loans from Russian banks.
On the other side of the barrier is Baku, which enjoys good financial condition due to oil deposits in the country. This gives a certain freedom to the Azerbaijani military, which has the right to choose more when buying weapons – something that is missing in Yerevan. We remind you – Baku has Russian weapons purchased very recently (2018 – ed.) Worth a total of $ 5 billion, and very recently acquired the intercontinental missile Iskander.
When the war is over, both sides are expected to begin various processes to acquire new weapons. But Yerevan will be in the same position – no money, it will rely on Russian loans or Putin’s blessings. While Azerbaijan is already buying both Turkish and Israeli weapons, which brings us back to the starting position on the subject under investigation – weapons will be bought, but this position of Moscow will be gradually shifted by other players in international military markets.
And these allegations are backed up by evidence. Baku has given only 22% of its military power to Russian arms manufacturers, precisely because of Tel Aviv and Ankara’s participation in the newly opened military market, thanks to Azerbaijan’s oil deposits in the Caucasus.
Every day, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense publishes videos or publishes reports on the destroyed Armenian equipment. According to them, the new Turkish and Israeli weapons are already being actively used in the conflict. Just two weeks ago, a video was circulated of an Israeli ballistic missile LORA hitting a key bridge for the Nagorno-Karabakh transport system.
Turkish drones, on the other hand, advertise themselves – after their success in Syria and Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh is on the agenda, where according to Azerbaijanis (if the data disseminated by the ministry can be trusted) the Bayraktars have already destroyed weapons worth $ 1 billion
This will be the second key factor that will tip the scales in favor of the military industry of Israel and Turkey. Because there is no better proof of the effectiveness of a weapon or weapon system than its participation in direct combat.
Israel arms and modernizes the army of Turkey’s main enemy
The Greek Defense Ministry is negotiating with the Israeli concern Elbit Maarahot on the modernization and rearmament of the air force. The estimated amount of the transaction is several tens of millions of euros, as we reported on September 16 citing Channel 9 TV. We are talking about the modernization of Apache helicopters with the installation of Spike NLOS missiles on them, reports the Kalkalist edition.
The Israeli concern can also modernize the F-16 and Mirage-2000 aircraft of the Greek Air Force, installing modern avionics on them and equipping the pilots with Israeli-made technological helmets. At the moment, according to most experts, the Greek Air Force is significantly inferior in power, speed and armament to the Turkish Air Force.
Spike is a family of Israeli homing anti-tank missiles [some of the best or best in the world]. Option Spike Nlos – especially long range or “over the horizon” – up to 25 km. In January 2020, an American Apache helicopter, using an Israeli missile, “opened” a Russian “Pantsir” in Arizona at night. Messages about a possible deal came against the backdrop of a sharply aggravated “gas” conflict between NATO members, Greece and Turkey.
The essence of the conflict is the right to own oil and gas fields in the Mediterranean. Greece considers the field its own, but Turkey does not agree with this, which has repeatedly carried out geological exploration on the shelf. In August 2020, the Turkish exploration vessel Oruk Reis entered the disputed area, accompanied by five warships. The Greek Navy accompanied this group.
The Turkish ship and convoy left the controversial place only after a harsh statement from the President of France. Two French Air Force planes and a French naval ship are patrolling the disputed area. In January 2020, Israel, Greece and Cyprus signed an agreement that could cause a military conflict between the two NATO countries.
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