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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Media reports about the letter to Erdogan: it is Never too late to say sorry


“One of the most authoritarian leaders in the region are tired of the isolation caused by the sanctions and Russia’s severe crisis in the economy – so the Western media to explain the effort of Recep Tayyip Erdogan to apologize to Vladimir Putin for shot down by a Russian fighter. However, many think this step is skeptical and remind you that the leaders in the Syrian crisis remain on different sides of the barricades.

Foreign media praised the apology to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Vladimir Putin. The main reasons, according to observers, lie in the economic sphere: the crisis really hit hard by Ankara.

An unexpected move

“If there’s something that Erdogan hates more than being insulted, is to apologize for my behavior to anyone.

In the last few years, Erdogan has brought Turkey to a state of undeclared international isolation, and apologize in front of Russia are an attempt to soften the foreign policy tensions that Ankara itself created, they emphasize.

“One of the most authoritarian leaders in the region have begun to resolve foreign policy conflicts that accumulated over time, said The Washington Post. The newspaper noted that the letter of Erdogan – an unexpected move that could open the way to ease tension in Russian-Turkish relations. However, Russia and Turkey are on opposite sides in the Syrian conflict, reminded the publication.

The newspaper added that Turkey’s relations with the EU and the US have now deteriorated in connection with the migration crisis, debates on human rights and other issues. In addition, Erdogan apparently did not appreciate the consequences for the downed Russian bomber, the ensuing Russian sanctions seriously hit the economy of Turkey, stated The Washington Post.

“It was the highest point of loneliness in the history of the Republic”

Turkey is trying to overcome isolation,” said another American edition of the Atlantic. Such a move on the part of Erdogan is “a significant event”, said the portal.

The New York Times notes that Turkey “has apologized for the downed Russian aircraft near the Syrian-Turkish border on the same day agreed to restore relations with Israel. “Turkey is experiencing a deep sense of isolation during the last few years, she remembered about his famous policy of “zero problems with neighbors”, – said the expert of the European Council on foreign relations, Asli Aydintasbas. – It was the highest point of loneliness in the Republic’s history – it seemed that only Qatar and Saudi Arabia remained true friends of the government.”

Some experts argue that Turkey miscalculated, especially in Syria, where he achieved the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad. It also opposed the United States on the issue of Kurdish rebels fighting with the Islamic state*,” and was criticized for the fact that the militants freely pass across the border with Syria, reminded The NYT.

“It’s never too late to say sorry”

In addition, many articles state that Erdogan decided to apologize to Moscow, guided by the “geopolitical calculation”, since Russia is an important player in contemporary international political processes, including in settling the Syrian civil conflict, which the Turkish President has their interests.

“If there’s something that Erdogan hates more than being insulted, is to apologize for my behavior to anyone. Active steps Erdogan to improve relations with the Kremlin come amid rising concerns over security threats in the middle East by the “Islamic state,” writes Foreign Policy.

FP also pointed out that the relations of Ankara with European countries are weakening, which further isolates Turkey from the participation in international processes. Hence, the decision of Erdogan to take a step forward: “it’s Never too late to say sorry,” – said Foreign Policy. The publication reminds that not so long ago in Germany has recognized the genocide of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915.

In addition, on Monday it became known that a number of German politicians, human rights activists, lawyers and celebrities has filed a lawsuit against Erdogan, the former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and other government officials of Turkey. The lawsuit was filed by the Hamburg lawyers Britta Eder and Petra Dervishi that also represent the interests of relatives killed two Kurds and one Turkish MP from the Pro-Kurdish peoples ‘ Democratic party, told DW. Turkish officials suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The text of the claim contained more than 200 pages, was submitted to the Prosecutor General at the Supreme court of Germany. We are talking, primarily, about military operations of the Turkish army in the areas inhabited by Kurds in Southeast Turkey. In particular, in the city of Cizre where the fighting between the Turkish army and Kurdish militias killed dozens of people and tens of thousands more were forced to flee.

“Union of the strong men will not last long”

The same opinion is shared by the authors of the German newspaper Bild. “Turkey is looking for new friends, as relations with Europe right now is very complicated… However, all is not so simple, because the interests of Putin and Erdogan are in conflict with each other: both want to emphasize their ambitions with the help of Syria and other hot spots in the region,” – said the publication of the former NATO General and inspector General of the Bundeswehr Harald Kujat.

Now, at least, Turkey will be able to hope for the return of the tourist flow from Russia and the lifting of the economic embargo on Turkish food. “There is something to be happy about Putin: Russian planes will not be down in five seconds stay in the air space of Turkey, which may increase the desire of Russia to interfere in it,” said the newspaper.

“The benefits above the humiliation of the apology”

Another reason for Turkey’s apology foreign journalists see the significant impact of Russian sanctions imposed by Moscow after the death of the downed su-24.

“Removing the destructive constraints is crucial for Erdogan, who was under pressure inside his own country and abroad,” said Fox News. Columnist Al Jazeera also noted that the Turkish leader “benefits from the normalization of relations with Russia” may be above “the humiliation of the apology”.

The New York Times said that the sanctions Russia have affected of food products, a visa-free regime for Turks and the tourism industry. Now Turkey wants to compensate for at least part of the damage. British Financial Times said that the crisis in the tourism industry was the strongest since 1999, the Turkish President simply had no choice.

“I’m sorry” or “apologize”?

Hurriyet Daily News, meanwhile, has noticed a press-the Secretary of Erdogan Ibrahim Kalin quoted a letter to the Turkish President’s words: “I’m sorry”, while the Kremlin has talked about the wording: “I apologize.” The Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim said that he expects a “good event” in the near future in an effort at reconciliation with Russia. He recalled that the Turkish and Russian citizens want to put an end to this crisis.

A positive sign in the prospect of normalization of relations between Moscow and Ankara is the confirmation of the presence of the Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu at the meeting of July 1, the organization of black sea economic cooperation (BSEC) in Sochi at the invitation of the Russian government. Lavrov and Cavusoglu could hold a private meeting on the sidelines of the BSEC, said the publication.

We will remind, on Monday the President of Russia Vladimir Putin got a message of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who apologized for the death of the pilot of the Russian su-24 in Syria, and expressed willingness to restore relations with Russia. In the letter it was noted that Turkey is ready for any initiative for “relief of pain and the severity of the damage” the family of the deceased pilot of the su-24 Oleg Peshkov. Erdoğan’s message also said that Turkey shares the pain of the family of the deceased pilot and perceives it as Turkish.

* Organization in respect of which the court accepted entered into legal force decision on liquidation or ban the activities on the grounds stipulated by the Federal law “On countering extremist activity”

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