Washington Post: "After the elections in Turkey, Erdogan's opponents have found themselves in dire straits"

Washington Post: "After the elections in Turkey, Erdogan's opponents have found themselves in dire straits"

The international publication the Asia Times wrote that Obama's attempts to change the regime in Syria are aimed at destabilizing Russia and China. The Middle East is in the fire – Salafi jihadist regimes fall one after another in Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, there are waves of instability in Afghanistan, fuelled by conflicts in Central Asia, Russia, Chechnya, China, Southeast Asia and even South Korea.

Negative trends in the world have immediately been reflected in the US: if the sponsored regimes are changed, it will be a turning point in the history of the Middle East, and America will lose the influence which it has been gaining for decades. After only a year of failed bombings of the coalition against Islamic State, the old established order is collapsing and being replaced by a new one, supported by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey under the leadership of Erdogan.

Due to the huge number of terrorist groups in the Middle East, confronting and subsequent destroying ISIS is more of a priority objective than the overthrow of the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Nevertheless, it seems that only Russia understands this. The Obama administration remains deaf to the warnings of the international community of experts, who say first it is necessary to clear Syrian territory of terrorists, and only then to make a decision on the state regime. This model of support for the Syrian opposition sooner or later would lead to the impact of ISIS spreading beyond the Middle East, affecting Europe and the United States. However, this threat has led to the revitalization of Russia's efforts to stabilize the situation in Syria. In addition, China is also threatened by terrorist influence and it has also gradually been included in the solution of the Middle East crisis. Moscow and Beijing understand that, first and foremost, it is necessary to stop the provocative actions of the US in order to resolve the situation.

At the same time, the US administration is making every effort to limit the influence of both Russia and China. That is why Obama's policy towards Syria and the entire Middle East remains unchanged, despite the threats coming from terrorists.

This situation has led to the fact that Russia, China and India are united in their own coalition within the CSTO and the SCO in order to confront the terrorists. And according to all facts, such a coalition is much more effective than the western foreign policy institutions.

The American edition of the Washington Post writes that, after the elections in Turkey, Erdogan's opponents have found themselves in dire straits. In cold November, Turkey found itself at the beginning of June again. Sunday’s early elections were handily won by the ruling Justice and Development Party, which won 50 percent of the votes and a majority of seats in the 550-seat parliament of Turkey. One-party rule has been restored, although the AKP rating record has fallen dramatically compared with the worst performance since 2003.

Erdogan's critics do not cease asserting that the government of his party is responsible for the deterioration of the situation in the country which has been observed in the last five months: the weakening economy, a new round of civil war with Kurdish separatists and a wave of deadly terrorist attacks across the country. However, despite this, the voters made their choice, giving unprecedented power to the AKP, and Erdogan's position has strengthened even further.

For some opponents of the current president, the elections were a complete failure and disaster. The pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (PDP) has lost votes in the Kurdish majority in the southeast of the country. The party leaders attribute this to the fact that they did not have the opportunity to campaign among the population, as all their efforts were put into protecting people from attacks by the Turkish authorities. The disunity of the opposition did not allow it to compete with the AKP, the victory of which, according to analysts, will affect Turkey in the future, so there are even more anxious days to come. Most likely, Erdogan will tighten control over all who think contrary to the main line of the party, which will lead to a new wave of discontent in the country.


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