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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Expert: Russia Turkey agreed, according to Russian rules

The flywheel reconciliation between Moscow and Ankara seem to unwinds in full. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that his country is willing to reimburse Russia for the costs shot down in November last year, the su-24. Moreover, as wrote in his Twitter account Prime Minister Yildirim in the coming days (29 or June 30) may place a telephone conversation between Erdogan and Putin.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Reports of possible improvement of Russian-Turkish relations came about at the same time with similar news about the relations between Turkey and Israel. Is it a coincidence?

– Of course, common in both cases, – the political scientist, the expert of the International center for strategic studies of Turkey Kerim has. – First of all, it concerns foreign policy issues of Turkey, which proved to be too much of an isolated, regional issues. Had the new Prime Minister of the country to correct some points in the foreign policy of Turkey. The new head of government when he took office, stated that it would reduce the number of our enemies and increase our friends. And in this sense there is similarity of the mentioned cases. We also need to consider the economic problems, Turkey is suffering from sanctions by Russia. Now expected positive steps from the Russian side. First and foremost, the abolition of some sanctions and the embargo on Turkish goods. But speaking of coincidences, it should be noted that with Israel, Turkey has agreed on its rules. While Russia had to play by Russian rules: Turkey was forced to agree with them…

As previously noted in the comment “MK” political scientist Alexander Sotnichenko, in General, relations between Moscow and Ankara have deteriorated in the same manner that Israel and Turkey “and needs to be restored on the same circuit”.

Recall that the relations between Turkey and Israel deteriorated sharply after the incident with the so-called “freedom Flotilla”, when in the night from 30 to 31 may 2010 the Israeli military tried to prevent the movement of the ships bringing in the blockaded Gaza strip humanitarian aid and hundreds of activists. In clashes killed 9 passengers of the Mavi Marmara ship from Turkey.

Turkey withdrew from Israel its Ambassador, and at the meeting of the Turkish Parliament, it was decided to review relations between the two countries. In September 2011, the then Turkish foreign Minister Davutoglu said that because of Israel’s refusal to officially apologize for the flotilla incident, the government decided to expel the Israeli Ambassador from the country. Representation of Turkey in Israel has dropped to the level of second Secretary of the Embassy, was canceled all military agreements with Israel.

In 2012 in Istanbul even began the trial in absentia of four senior Israeli military, including former chief of staff of the Israeli army Gabi Ashkenazi, who were accused of murder and torture in connection with the death of activists on the Mavi Marmara.

After lengthy negotiations, Turkey and Israel have reached agreement on the normalization of bilateral relations. This was preceded by the fact that in 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu apologized for the deaths of Turkish citizens. Also, the Israeli side promised to pay $20 million as compensation to relatives of victims and survivors in the incident with the ship Mavi Marmara.

Soon the ambassadors will return to Ankara and tel Aviv. At the same time, Turkey has committed itself to abandon complaints against Israeli soldiers and the supply of humanitarian goods through Israeli ports will be allowed (although the naval blockade of the Gaza strip will remain in force).

The aggravation of relations with Turkey. Chronicle of events

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