How Turkey is pitted against Russia

The Memorial Complex built in Sevastopol to honour Turkish soldiers and officers killed in the Crimean War was vandalized last week. Stars and crescents were knocked off it. Many consider this to be a provocation to cause a conflict between Moscow and Ankara. In any case, it is obvious that the act of vandalism drew the attention of Turkey to the situation on the peninsula annexed by Russia this year. Analysts claim that it is just a tactical move in a big game where the Turkish card is at stake.

 

Experts say that political opponents want to destabilize the situation in Russia and focus on the formation of a joint front of militarized anti-Russian movements. Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian Muslims are encouraged to rise to up against Russia. According to the Center for International Journalism and Research, the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami (Liberation Party) terrorist organization “controls” 20% of Crimean Tatars. About 500 militants of the organization have already fought in Syria. Since 2008, there have been reports appearing about Tablighi Jamaat and Takfir wal-Hijra mobilizing Crimean Tatars on the peninsula to fight against regimes “oppressing Muslims.”

The annexation of Crimea acted as a detonator for those who want to pit Turkey against Russia by promoting separatism of Crimean Tatars. There are rumours about Russian law enforcers planning to repress Crimean Tatars. Local analysts say that the sources of the rumours are trying to provoke refugees to flee from Crimea to Turkey to accuse Moscow of forcing Crimeans to leave the peninsula using the European Court of Human Rights. The Heritage Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) were offering help with that.

Local observers say that there are indeed panicky feelings rising and some people are already trying to flee from Crimea to Turkey. Such facts will be documented for foreign journalists and human rights activists to wage the anti-Russian information campaign in foreign mass media by accusing Russia of aggression and disrespect for the human rights of the native population.

The forecasts have partly been confirmed at a conference organized by the Society of Culture and Mutual Aid of Crimean Tatars in Turkey’s Eskisehir. Attendees of the conference discussed the need for attention to be paid to the problems of the Crimean Tatars at the Turkish-Russian Higher-Level Cooperation Council held in late 2014, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the EU and the UN. According to talks at the conference, the Crimean-Tatar majlis will decide on universal protection of Crimean Tatars on December 10, Human Rights Day.

It is clear that this is only an element in inciting tensions between Turkey and Russia. There were attempts to get Ankara into the process of recognizing the genocide of the Circassians, the detention of a Russian plane flying to Syria 2.5 years ago, leaking of information about the readiness of Turkey to fight Russia in the war of August 2008. There were rumours that Turkey would have sent armed forces to stop Russian troops if they tried to advance too far into Georgian territory, especially Muslim-populated Adjara.

The public is being convinced that Turkey is becoming the main antagonist of Russia. Facts say that it is unlikely to succeed. Presidents Putin and Erdogan call each other regularly and have recently been discussing efforts to fight ISIS. The number of Russian tourists in Turkey grows, Turkish business continues working in Russia. According to Gazeta.ru, Turkey’s Adali Holding investment company would invest in Crimea if it was supported by the Association of Crimean Tatars of Turkey. The company plans to take part in state tenders, invest its own funds. The holding is interested in infrastructure, energy, development and tourism.

The annexation of Crimea acts as a detonator, pitting Ankara against MoscowThe Memorial Complex built in Sevastopol to honour Turkish soldiers and officers killed in the Crimean War was vandalized last week. Stars and crescents were knocked off it. Many consider this to be a provocation to cause a conflict between Moscow and Ankara. In any case, it is obvious that the act of vandalism drew the attention of Turkey to the situation on the peninsula annexed by Russia this year. Analysts claim that it is just a tactical move in a big game where the Turkish card is at stake.Experts say that political opponents want to destabilize the situation in Russia and focus on the formation of a joint front of militarize anti-Russian movements. Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian Muslims are encouraged to rise to p against Russia. According to the Center for International Journalism and Research, the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami (Liberation Party) terrorist organization “controls” 20% of Crimean Tatars. About 500 militants of the organization have already fought in Syria. Since 2008, there have been reports appearing about Tablighi Jamaat and Takfir wal-Hijra’s mobilizing Crimean Tatars on the peninsula to fight against regimes “oppressing Muslims.”The annexation of Crimea acted as a detonator for those who want to pit Turkey against Russia by promoting separatism of Crimean Tatars. There are rumours about Russian law enforcers planning to repress Crimean Tatars. Local analysts say that the sources of the rumours are trying to provoke refugees to flee from Crimea to Turkey to accuse Moscow of forcing Crimeans to leave the peninsula using the European Court of Human Rights. The Heritage Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) were offering help with that.Local observers say that there are indeed panicky feelings rising and some people are already trying to flee from Crimea to Turkey. Such facts will be documented for foreign journalists and human rights activists to wage the anti-Russian information campaign in foreign mass media by accusing Russia of aggression and disrespect of human rights of the native population.The forecasts have partly been confirmed at a conference organized by the Society of Culture and Mutual Aid of Crimean Tatars in Turkey’s Eskisehir. Attendees of the conference discussed the need for attention to problems Crimean Tatars at the Turkish-Russian Higher-Level Cooperation Council held in late 2014, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the EU and the UN. According to talks at the conference the Crimean-Tatar majlis will decide on universal protection of Crimean Tatars on December 10, Human Rights Day.It is clear that this is only an element in inciting tensions between Turkey and Russia. There were attempts to get Ankara into the process of recognizing the genocide of the Circassians, the detention of a Russian plane flying to Syria 2.5 years ago, leakage of information about the readiness of Turkey to fight  Russia in the war of August 2008. There were rumours that Turkey would have sent armed forces to stop Russian troops if they tried to advance to far into the Georgian territory, especially the Muslim-populated Adjara.The public is being convinced that Turkey is becoming the main antagonist of Russia. Facts say that it will hardly succeed. Presidents Putin and Erdogan call each other regularly and have recently been discussing efforts to fight ISIS. The number of Russian tourists in Turkey grows, Turkish business continues working in Russia. According to Gazeta.ru, Turkey’s Adali Holding investment company would invest in Crimea if it was supported by the Association of Crimean Tatars of Turkey. The company plans to take part in state tenders, invest its own funds. The holding is interested in infrastructure, energy, development and touri

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