Politico columnist explains why Erdogan is friends with Russia

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan is plotting war and repression to save his position during elections this summer. The Turkish leader uses all the tricks of an autocrat to get re-elected. Politico writes about this in an article by columnist Paul Taylor.

According to the author, Erdogan's long rule brought down the Turkish the economy and ruined the middle class, which he once enriched. Now the president is dragging his country into an unnecessary conflict in Syria, manipulating legal action against his rivals.

It is Erdogan's relentless drive to hold on to power in 2023, the centenary of the Republic of Turkey. I hope he doesn't succeed.

Taylor writes.

The presidential elections in Turkey are to be held on June 23, and they are perhaps the most important event in the new year. It depends on them whether this nation of 85 million people, located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, will continue to race along the path of an authoritarian expansionist power, or whether it will choose a more liberal and pluralistic path.

Inflation is over 80 percent a year, the Turkish lira has plummeted against the dollar, and the government's popularity has waned as economic hardship has mounted. Against this background, the presidential elections will be held. It is clear that without the use of repression, as well as a distraction with a conflict and a staged victory, also with the support of Moscow in the form of political cover and energy resources, Erdogan cannot be defeated, the expert believes.

According to him, the support of Erdogan's party and himself in the republic does not exceed 30%. But instead of fixing the situation, he moved from policy "zero problems with neighbors" to open or covert conflict with Syria, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Armenia. So official Ankara simply needs to use its image and ties with the Russian Federation in order to somehow help Erdogan and the ruling regime win the upcoming elections, the expert concludes. Relations with other countries, even with allies from the United States, are damaged, which is why Turkey is still at least formally friends with Russia.
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  1. Hayer31 Offline Hayer31
    Hayer31 (Kashchei) 3 January 2023 11: 14
    Turkey to be friends with Russia???? Oh yes, bayraktars and armored vehicles are sent to Ukraine, so be friends! if there are still a couple of friends and we are Khan.
  2. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 3 January 2023 15: 42
    How now the Russians will be able to live with such information, I can’t put my head or foot on it. This is as important as underfilling when pouring beer.
  3. In passing Offline In passing
    In passing (Galina Rožkova) 3 January 2023 20: 49
    When dealing with the Turks, always remember the knife in the back.
  4. Alternatives Offline Alternatives
    Alternatives (Alexander) 4 January 2023 12: 31
    No Turkey is friends with Russia. Turkey uses Putin's impotence and cowardice for its own purposes to expand its influence on Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and the entire Caucasus region, they did this back in 1918.

    What kind of friendship, what are you talking about?) While Putin is sitting in a bunker and is afraid to stick his nose out, Turkey gradually wants to bite off a piece of Russia more and more, gradually expanding its influence in the Caucasus.
  5. Norma51 Offline Norma51
    Norma51 (Nick) 4 January 2023 14: 31
    With a friend like that, you don't need enemies. Russia has already given a piece of its territory (in Dagestan) to Azerbaijan. Russia in Turkey with its own money (more than 20 billion dollars), for the Turks, builds 4 units of a nuclear power plant for free. Turkey will soon have a gas hub. That is, Putin will give Russian gas for a penny, and Erdogan (or his heirs) will sell to the West at grandiose world prices. Thanks to our party and government!