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Turkey’s diplomacy over the years has been based on provocation to Western countries.
Relations with Qatar
Qatar’s relationship with Turkey was strengthened during the financial embargo by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Turkey then took advantage of the situation to close a supply deal for the Qatar market in exchange for a military base, and then Qatar boosted Turkey’s economy with petrodollars as the West had declared a financial war. All of the above happened during the US-Turkey crisis.
Relations with Russia
To draw the West’s attention, Turkey is turning its diplomacy and defense towards Russia by purchasing equipment, the S400, and by training the Turks in nuclear technology to build a nuclear power plant.
Relations with Israel, Pakistan and India
Turkey knows its relationship with Israel has come to an end after Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election. So it turned its attention to Islamic states where there was a common enemy Israel. It also strengthened its cooperation with India, which paved the way for Turkey to get in return for Pakistan’s defense plans. For its part, Pakistan, as a nuclear country, will also assist Turkey in its plant and defense industry. I would also like to point out the role played by Turkey in the tension that existed between Qatar and Pakistan. Qatar had closed its airspace to Pakistan. However, Turkey mediated and the matter was resolved.
Turkey’s relations with all the abovementioned countries have given it defense cooperation and religious allies.
The role of Commander in Chief Haftar and the disputed agreement with Libya
And so diplomacy found that Commander in Chief Haftar, who controls most of Libya, has no Western allies – other than France – that could help his government fight the supply of arms by Turkey to Tripoli, which is internationally recognized.
As for Greece’s relations with Haftar, I should point out the following:
1. In his Military Staff there area graduates from Greek military schools, and he is also a graduate of a Greek military school.
2. It should be noted that the General has prevented illegal immigration.
3. He fought and annihilated ISIS from the territories that are under his control.
The Greek authorities were aware of all Turkey’s moves under Tripoli’s regime. But they have not decided to join public relations with the general because most countries in the world have recognized Tripoli’s status.
As a result, Turkey will make this mammoth deal that have been discussed during last week. And the Libyan parliament will reject it. So it seemed that Greece’s immediate reaction worked.
The Prime Minister brings everyone to Europe and NATO to take their responsibilities and stands up against the provocation of neighbors. Turkey is trying to debate Greece about the EEZ, a move that Greek diplomacy must prevent.
Studying the European Elections Scoreboard and observing the rise of nationalist and right-wing extremists-neo-Nazi groups, as signalled by Le Pen’s percentages in France (for the first time …), Salvini in Italy, Faratz in Britain, Kadinsky in Poland and Orban in Hungary, lead to pessimistic conclusions for an upcoming “neo-conservative winter”. The new situation underway in Europe is reminiscent of the climate that had been created in the US and Brazil just after the election of Tramp and Bolsonaro.
As is well known, until recently, there was only one political group in Europe representing only the right-wing extremists and the neo-Nazis. Read More
The rise of populism is beginning to shake the institutions that bring Europe together, but despite the promises of several populist figureheads and the fears of many, it is not taking over European politics. The far right has made significant gains, especially in Italy, where Lega picked up an unprecedented 23 seats. In France, the Rassemblement National came first with 23.5 percent of the vote, but it has lost two Members of the European Parliament. The governing populist parties in Hungary and Poland have also performed strongly. Other populist parties expected to fare well in Germany and the Netherlands have underperformed. The populist left is shrinking. Read More
Time counts backwards for the operation of the first official Islamic mosque in Athens, after years of struggle by the Muslim communities of Greece. The government has been involved in a race to complete the next few days the work of redevelopment of the surrounding area, the shaping and equipping of the interior of the mosque, and the process of recruiting Imam. The intention of the government is to function it officially at the beginning of April, and certainly before Easter.
At Maximum’s Palace, there is the thought of giving the proper splendour to the inauguration of the mosque with a great ceremony, to which even the leaders of Islamic states will be invited to attend. This shows that the country’s domestic affair, with the signature of Antonis Samaras, will be exploited by the government to promote the image of the Prime Minister internationally, while at the same time strengthening Greece’s profile, that it fully respects religious rights, constructing and operating a state mosque, as a continuation of the image he has achieved abroad after the Prespa Agreement.
The position of the Muslim communities is that the mosque in Islam is an obligation of the followers and believers rather than the state. They could take advantage of this suggestion without thinking that the mosque was made because Islamic countries were pressing, and not because it was a need to satisfy the religious needs of a large community living in Attica. Read More
On November 19, the EU’s foreign and defense ministers approved the project of a joint intelligence training school (Joint EU Intelligence School – JEIS), led by Greece with the participation of Cyprus.
This project is part of a list of 17 joint projectssigned within the PESCO framework. PESCO (permanent structured cooperation) was launched in December 2017 by the EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS), whose purpose is to broaden and deepen defence cooperation between EU countries, on air, land and sea. It has been signed by all EU states except Denmark, Malta and the United Kingdom. Read More
Wanted: More diverse candidates
MEPs and black politicians call on political groups to select candidates from diverse backgrounds of the next European elections.
With the European elections less than year away, Italian S&D group deputy Cecile Kyenge says, “It is my hope to see more black politicians in the European institution.” She adds, “Political parties should support black Europeans than seek to become candidate MEPs, by encouraging minority communities to participate on political issues.” Speaking after the first EU People of African Descent (PAD) week conference in the European Parliament in May, Kyenge said the purpose of the event was to honour and recognise the contributions of black Europeans. It was also, “an opportunity to raise issues concerning racial violence and Afrophobia, which is often overlooked by the European institutions.”
In February 2010, I published an article on Lieberman’s threats in Syria. The point I made was that the Lieberman threats are motivated by fear. Now, three years later, the threats of the West against Syria escalate, and in the same time, threats to Israel with the possibility of a military conflict with Syria and Iran. The next hour of the Israeli attack is now expected in Iran. The threats are staggered with the two fronts on the one hand being Israel and on the other Syria, Iran and Lebanon.
It should be noted that US Secretary of State John Kerry recently met with Arab officials and mentioned to them that Israel’s direct attack on Iran is a matter of time, zero time is coming, and Arab countries will have to take the necessary measures. Read More