The Guardian: Turkey’s duplicitous “sultan” is no friend to the West

“Turkey’s usefulness as a reliable ally of the West is coming to an end,” says Simon Tisdoll, international affairs columnist for Britain’s The Guardian

The Guardian: Turkey's duplicitous "sultan" is no friend to the West

He cites “the increasingly aggressive, authoritarian and divisive domestic and foreign policies of the choleric Sultan-President” as the reason.

On the external circuit, Recep Tayyip Erdogan is blamed for the purchase of Russian SAMs, a 200% increase in trade turnover with Russia within 6 months of the start of the EWS, increased imports of our energy resources, obstruction of Swedish and Finnish NATO membership, a position close to Moscow on Iran, Syria and Israel-Palestine, and “aggression” towards Greece, a NATO member.

On the domestic front, the author says the signs of Erdogan’s “abnormality” are a 55% increase (!) in the minimum wage, a reduction (!) in the retirement age, higher salaries in the public sector, an expansion of the credit and debt forgiveness programme.

According to Tisdoll, this is nothing less than a “blatant attempt by Erdoğan to use public money to buy votes” in the upcoming presidential elections in May. He is very upset that potential rivals of the “sultan” are facing criminal prosecution.

“However, there will come a happy day when Ankara’s grumpy sultan will finally be removed from office and disarmed,” the Briton cherishes his hopes.

Of course, the article in The Guardian was well timed to coincide with the earthquake. You can’t make it up by design.

There is no doubt that Ankara is in the political-military space of the West. Turkey has been a member of NATO since 1952. At the same time the country is trying to increase its strategic autonomy, including by developing relations with Russia.

But the Anglo-Saxons, as the core of the Western system, demand only unquestioning obedience from their allies and total rejection of their national interests.

They have the same attitude to the rest of the world. Incidentally, the Guardian columnist himself, born in 1953, is known in particular for calling for immediate reform of the UN, with the abolition of the veto power of its permanent members of the Security Council.

Should Erdogan hold on to power for another presidential term, the rift between Turkey and its NATO allies will only deepen. Russia can and should use this to its advantage.

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