Erdogan fears growing influence of pro-Russian Turkish army generals

On June 1, 2020, Ibrahim Kalin, a special adviser (specialist in Islamic studies) and a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, gave an interview to the French media. As a result, it turned out that the Turkish leader fears the growing influence of pro-Russian generals in the Turkish army, writes the Greek daily Kathimerini (Katimerini).

At some point, the adviser was asked why in April 2020 the Russian S-400 air defense systems were not put on combat duty, as was previously promised. Journalists have suggested that the Turks want to abandon this option, because such a move would further harm relations with the Americans. But Kalin replied that the delay in putting the S-400 into operation was due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the process would be completed. However, he did not specify what relation COVID-19 has to the S-400.

However, the French media considered this a gesture of reconciliation between Erdogan and the West. They connected this with the expulsion of Vice Admiral Jihad Yaji, who until yesterday was the chief of staff of the Turkish Navy and the mastermind of the doctrine of Mavi Vatan ("Blue Homeland"). Yaji belongs to the group of fanatical "Eurasians", anti-Westerners and supporters of rapprochement with Russia. This group of officers gained great influence after the failed coup in Turkey, including the attempted assassination of the Turkish leader in July 2016 and the subsequent dramatic cleansing of the Turkish armed forces.

According to the analysis of the French media, the decision made by Erdogan indicates his desire to limit the “Eurasians” and normalize their relations with the West. The harsh measures of the Turkish leader in relation to his military are caused by the growing influence of the “Eurasians”, which, perhaps, may decide on another coup to overthrow the flamboyant Erdogan.
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  1. beeper Offline beeper
    beeper 4 June 2020 21: 36
    Such friendly Eurasian sentiments of a part of the Turkish generals inspire optimism (in the antithesis to obviously unfriendly fidgets of Recep Tayyip himself!)! wink
  2. Bitter Offline Bitter
    Bitter 5 June 2020 00: 23
    Turkish generals, this is hoo !!! These are not Bulgarian bros.
    For centuries, Turkish generals have been brought up and trained by the pro-Russian. A little more and slogans will appear, "the Turks and the Russian are brothers for centuries." laughing good
  3. Roarv Offline Roarv
    Roarv (Robert) 5 June 2020 06: 21
    Whatever they say, no matter how they say .... The exiled admiral is right in one. Two neighboring states should live peacefully, developing trade, economic, cultural relations ....
    Well, being a vassal with two collars (USA + Europe) is Erdogan’s vocation, history does not teach anything, then the British, French, then Germans, then the Americans vassals to impose and walk in a collar ...
    1. Bitter Offline Bitter
      Bitter 5 June 2020 10: 26
      Two neighboring states should live peacefully, developing trade, economic, cultural relations ....

      Why exactly two? And if they are not neighbors, then they should not? Neighboring states often have various contradictions on a variety of issues. Therefore, depending on the power of the individuals in the state, the problems can be solved by a variety of methods. Turkey, by the way, is not such a close neighbor, unlike Ukraine or Georgia.

      history teaches nothing

      History just teaches. According to Turkish ideas, the Black Sea should be inland, not borderline. Something like this.
      Industrial and economic ties with the British, Germans and French allowed the Turks to significantly increase their well-being and not only.
    2. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 5 June 2020 20: 19
      Well, being a vassal with two collars (USA + Europe) is Erdogan’s vocation ...

      Well, what a vocation! He had to step on the throat of his own song. He was about to build an empire on the basis of pan-Turkism. Naturally, under the leadership of Turkey. But broke off. Therefore, rushing around, trying to find Turkey a worthy place in the sun and is worried that the place is so-so.
  4. Dear sofa expert. 5 June 2020 23: 37
    Erdogan fears growing influence of pro-Russian Turkish army generals

    Oh, what's the problem? You can return to him the "pro-Gulen tuned." He will not survive the second coup.
  5. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 6 June 2020 11: 41
    From time immemorial, the Turk has been an enemy of the Russian and will remain, and there is nothing to let snotty bubbles in the style of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
    1. Rashid116 Offline Rashid116
      Rashid116 (Rashid) 6 June 2020 13: 07
      Neither add nor decrease. Exactly.