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Even the coronavirus doesn’t stop Erdogan expansionistic plans
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Even the coronavirus doesn’t stop Erdogan expansionistic plans

Not even the Coronavirus emergency stops the Turkish plans on the energy dossier, with a series of chain risks that the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking personally to continue his expansionistic plans in the region. The Kanumi, the third offshore drilling vessel that joins Fatih and Yavuz from England, has arrived in Turkey and has been quarantined for the novel virus COVID-19. Last February, Ankara announced that the new ship would likely operate in the eastern Mediterranean. It is easy to speculate that it follows Ankara’s gas strategy in Cyprus, where Turkey’s illegal activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone have been condemned by the EU and the US, but in fact have not stopped. While Erdogan continues to fight alongside terrorists in Syria and Libya, in parallel with the provocations with migrants in Evros, the Turkish president and head of the International Muslim Brotherhood continues his illegal action to take over gas in Cyprus. The Fatih and Yavuz ships have operated within the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus (EEZ) since last May breaking international laws and treaties, and for this reason Ankara made them escort by two warships in a handkerchief of waters where other ships also transited, such as the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, the French frigate Fremm and various American, Egyptian and Italian military vessels. Erdogan’s plan has expanded to Libya since February 2020 with the signing of two agreements with the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli for military collaboration and maritime jurisdiction.

The Memorandum signed by Erdogan and Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj – strongly rejected by the Libyan people- created an exclusive Turkish area of expertise in the eastern Mediterranean that violates the interests of third countries, in particular Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. In Libya, Turkey plans to extend its gas search to the territorial waters of the North African country in exchange for military support for the militias and armed groups affiliated to the GNA. Erdogan has also started a dispute with Greece for the island of Kastellorizo. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis affirmed that “Turkey’s attempt to abolish the maritime borders of islands such as Crete, Rhodes, Karpathos and Kastellorizo with escamotages will not produce legal results internationally”. Of the islands he mentioned, Kastellorizo is located only 2 km from the Turkish coast. The Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, who still attacks the Treaty of Lausanne replied: “Greece has illegally militarized 16 of the 23 islands under the Treaty of Lausanne since 1936. On the other hand, it claims a continental shelf six miles, claiming it has a 10-mile airspace, never seen before in history. That doesn’t make sense”. All this created a reaction from Athens not only diplomatic, expelling the Turkish and Libyan ambassadors, but also military with a large military deployment and joint training operations with its allies. It is clear that Erdogan’s criminal policy threatens the economy, stability and peace in Europe and in the whole region.

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Erdogan intentionally provoked the migrant’s humanitarian tragedy, tensions increase between Turkey and EU
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Erdogan intentionally provoked the migrant’s humanitarian tragedy, tensions increase between Turkey and EU

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan left Brussels on Monday without an agreement with EU leaders on the current migrant crisis. Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, warned Erdogan to respect the terms of a previous deal to keep migrants away from Europe’s borders, after the Turkish leader requested more support in Syria. Can Baydarol, Turkish political scientist, expert in Turkey-EU relations, vice president of the EU and Global Studies Association (ABKAD) commented in an interview with ‘Sputnik’ on the issue of refugees on the border between Turkey and the EU, stressing that the solution to the crisis is possible in the event of a large number of technical difficulties and divergences between the parties, and according to the current situation, Turkey and the EU are far from the definitive solution.

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“Following the outcome of the contacts held in Brussels, it was made known that the negotiations on the migrant crisis have taken place constructively, but there are a large number of various technical difficulties and issues that require further discussion, therefore political dialogue on this theme will proceed”. Affirmed Baydarol, adding that the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in his statement pointed out that technical meetings will be held between the parties, in the framework of which the refugee agreement reached between Turkey and the EU on 18 March 2016 will be reviewed and updated. In the meantime, there is no information on how the document will be modified.

“For now, it seems to me – the expert added – it is too early to talk about a particular possibility of solving the migrant crisis. It is possible to find a formula that will satisfy Turkey, but it is difficult to say exactly when it will happen. Furthermore, a press conference following the talks in Brussels took place without Erdogan. This, in my opinion, shows that a consensus was not reached between the parties, otherwise Erdogan would have been present at the press conference”. The current migration crisis started from Erdogan is the greatest humanitarian tragedy of the 21st century. Most of the people who find themselves on the border are refugees from Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, to whom, unlike Syrian citizens, the right of asylum is not granted by the Turkish authorities. Turkey intentionally provoked this humanitarian tragedy, contributing to the massing of thousands of migrants on the border. It must be said that Erdogan is fighting along with terrorist groups in Syria and Libya, transferring thousands of Syrian fighters from Idlib to Tripoli with the possibility that some terrorists infiltrated between migrants reached European coasts.

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The European Union requiring Turkey to take migrants back from the Greek borders.
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The European Union requiring Turkey to take migrants back from the Greek borders.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sought greater support from Europe for the war in Syria and for hosting millions of refugees, but he has been told that he must first stop encouraging migrants to cross into Greece.

Erdogan went to Brussels for talks with the European Union and NATO after tensions worsened over the fate of tens of thousands of migrants trying to enter the European Union member Greece since Ankara said last month that it would not try from now on to keep them on its soil.

Turkey hosts about 3.6 million refugees from Syria and halted the extension of immigration to Europe under an agreement it signed with the bloc in 2016, in exchange for aid in billions of euros.

However, it was disappointed by what she considered to be European support for the war in Syria, where a confrontation is taking place between its forces and the Syrian government forces, and where they are suffering increasing losses.
Erdogan said, “The crisis stemming from Syria, with its security and humanitarian aspects, threatens our region and indeed all of Europe … No European country has the luxury of continuing to deal with indifference.”

“We expect tangible support from all our allies in the battle that Turkey is waging alone … NATO is going through a critical stage during which it must show clear support,” he added.

The European Union has nothing to offer regarding military support in Syria, in which it denounced Turkey’s involvement. The 27-nation bloc, where most of the countries are allies of Ankara in the NATO alliance, has waved the option of providing more aid, but on time and with conditions.

“The events on the Greek-Turkish border clearly indicate political pressures on the external borders of the European Union,” European Commission President Ursula von der Line said before the talks with Erdogan.

“A solution to this situation will require reducing the pressure on the borders,” she told a news conference on Monday.
At the same time, the European Union is trying to support Greece, where it says 42,000 migrants are stranded on the islands, including some 5,500 unaccompanied children.

France, Portugal, Finland, Germany, and Luxembourg have offered to receive some of them, and Berlin has said it can receive up to 1,500 minors in total. European Union immigration ministers are due to discuss the issue in Brussels on Friday.

The European Union is keen to avoid a repetition of the migrant crisis that occurred in 2015 and 2016 and witnessed the entry of more than one million refugees, most of them from the Middle East and Asia, to the European Union countries through Turkey and Greece.
The bloc’s 2016 agreement with Turkey largely cut off this flow, an agreement the European Union hopes to save, even though Turkey now fears a new wave of refugees may reach it due to the escalation of fighting in Syria.

The European Union says it has so far paid about half of the pledge, which is six billion euros, to help Turkey provide housing, schools and medical centers for refugees on its soil. The bloc waved the prospect of further aid.

The 2016 agreement also provides for the European Union to receive thousands of Syrian refugees directly from Turkey and to give Turks the right to enter the bloc without visas and to make faster progress in Turkey’s accession talks to the union.
But relations between the two sides were strained after a coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016. The European Union criticized the scope of Erdogan’s security campaign against the opposition after the failed coup and effectively froze Turkey’s bid to join its membership.

“We have clearly expressed to President Erdogan our commitment to make progress on these issues, provided the matter is mutual,” Von der Line said after about 40 minutes of talks.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told in a meeting with Erdogan that the coalition has already invested more than five billion dollars in Turkey, including on military bases and radar sites.

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No support from EU to Erdogan in Syria, the Turkish sultan left Brussels without a deal
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No support from EU to Erdogan in Syria, the Turkish sultan left Brussels without a deal

EU leaders, Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, warned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to respect the terms of a previous deal to keep migrants away from Europe’s borders, after the Turkish leader visited Brussels to request more support. There was no disguising the tension at the European Council after the talks, with Erdogan choosing to head straight for the airport rather than a joint press conference with EU leaders. Von der Leyen, the head of the European Commission, told reporters that “Clearly we do have our disagreements, but we have spoken plainly and we have spoken openly to each other”.

Back to 2016 Ankara agreed to block migrants and refugees from heading to Greece in exchange for billions of euros in EU aid. This deal between the EU and Turkey remains valid, Von der Leyen and Michel both stressed. Michel also reaffirmed that the top EU diplomat, Josep Borrell, would be working with his Turkish counterpart foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in the next few days “to be certain that we are on the same page that we have the same interpretation about what we do, in Turkey and at the level of the European Union, in order to implement the deal.”

Beforehand, Erdogan had made clear that his priority was to seek more support for his country in the conflict in Syria and to cope with millions of refugees from the fighting, but EU has very little to offer in terms of military support in Syria, where it has condemned Turkey’s engagement. The 27-nation bloc, in which most members are also Ankara’s NATO allies, has dangled the promise of further aid – but in time and under conditions. “The events at the Greek-Turkish border clearly point to politically motivated pressure on the EU’s external border,” the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said before talks with Erdogan.

“Finding a solution to this situation will require relieving the pressure that is put on the border.” Erdogan did not speak to reporters after the meeting, despite Turkish officials saying earlier that he planned to do so.

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Netherlands: The European Union will not negotiate with Turkey under pressure.
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Netherlands: The European Union will not negotiate with Turkey under pressure.

Dutch Foreign Minister, Steve Block, said that the European Union will not negotiate with Turkey under pressure. adding that the cease-fire agreement in Idlib between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian Vladimir Putin may need to be completed by establishing the no-fly zone.

In addition, the European Union, on Friday, renewed its position rejecting the use of refugees as a blackmail or bargaining chip, referring to the recent positions of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during which he waved a sea of refugees towards Europe, in an effort to reap more European support for his country.

Josep Borrell, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, said that the bloc’s governments would consider allocating more money to migrants in Turkey but would not accept the use of refugees as a bargaining chip. “We will discuss it,” he told reporters from the Croatian capital, before chairing a meeting of European Union foreign ministers.

He continued: “Turkey bears a great burden. We have to understand this. But at the same time, we cannot accept the use of refugees as a source of pressure,” referring to Ankara’s decision to open its borders with Greece.

As for the Turkish-Russian agreement on Idlib Governorate, northwestern Syria, the European official expressed his welcome for the ceasefire agreement. He said the bloc would now step up aid to civilians affected by the conflict.

He added: “A ceasefire is good. Let’s see how it goes, but it is a precondition for increased humanitarian assistance to the population in Idlib.” In response to a question about the possibility of imposing a no-fly zone in Idlib, he said, “We must now focus our efforts on the humanitarian side.”

It is noteworthy that the Russian and Turkish presidents signed, on Thursday, in Moscow a cease-fire agreement in Idlib, after weeks of escalating military operations and clashes between Turkish forces and the Syrian factions supported by it on the one hand, and between the forces of the Syrian regime supported by Moscow on the other hand.

During the past month, Turkey suffered heavy casualties among its forces. The Syrian regime launched an offensive last December to retake the last strongholds of the opposition factions in Idlib. The Russian-backed offensive increased the clashes between the Syrian regime’s armies and the Turkish army, which killed dozens from both sides.

The attack also threatened to collapse Turkish cooperation with Moscow, the main supporter of the Syrian regime. Moreover, this month-long attack provoked one of the worst humanitarian crises in the war. Nearly a million Syrian civilians have fled to the north towards the closed Turkish border, adding to the pressure on already crowded camps in the border region.

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Putin and Erdogan agree on a new ceasefire in Syria
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Putin and Erdogan agree on a new ceasefire in Syria

Russia and Turkey agreed to establish a new truce in the Syrian province of Idlib. This is the outcome of the talks between the presidents of the two countries, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which took place in Moscow on Thursday, March 5. After a meeting lasting about six hours, reporters were informed that a new ceasefire in northern Syria would enter into force on March 6th.

“Based on the results of our negotiations, we agreed on a joint document, the provisions of which will be announced by the foreign ministers. It sets out the decisions that we, together with the President of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Erdogan, developed during today’s more than six-hour consultations,” Putin said at a press conference after negotiations with Erdogan.

Erdogan, in turn, stressed that Turkey will take “all necessary steps” for a ceasefire. “Our task is to not further aggravate the humanitarian situation in this region,” the Turkish leader said. “We will make every effort to provide the necessary assistance to all those in need and to help refugees return to their homes,” Erdogan added.

At the same time, Turkey reserves the right to respond to attacks from the Syrian army, the Turkish leader emphasized. At the same time, he promised that Ankara would coordinate its actions with Moscow on this issue. “In this process, we will be in contact with my dear friend, and our relevant bodies will continue to contact,” the Turkish president said.

The talks between the leaders of Russia and Turkey lasted a total of about six hours: first, Putin and Erdogan talked face to face for three hours, then members of delegations, in particular the heads of the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Defense of both countries, joined them.

In the Syrian conflict, Russia is the most important ally of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. With the support of Russian military aviation, Assad’s troops are currently conducting an offensive in the province of Idlib, considered the last bastion of terrorists and the Syrian opposition, which, in turn, is supported by Turkey.

Due to several months of fighting in the province of Idlib, about a million of its residents left their homes and headed towards the Turkish border. In this situation, Ankara said it would not be able to accept these refugees in addition to the 3.6 million Syrians already in camps in Turkey.

On the night of February 28, 33 Turkish troops were killed as a result of a strike by the Syrian army in Idlib. In response, the Turkish army launched air and ground attacks on Syrian government forces. Amid the escalation of the military conflict, accusing the EU of non-compliance with the refugee agreement, Erdogan ordered on February 28 to open the border with the EU.

On March 2, Erdogan said, however, that he hoped to agree on a ceasefire in Idlib at a meeting with Putin.

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Erdogan brings Europe to its knees by sending millions of migrants
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Erdogan brings Europe to its knees by sending millions of migrants

“Since we opened our borders, the number of migrants going to Europe is hundreds of thousands and soon there will be millions: they thought we were bluffing, but when we opened the doors the calls started to arrive “. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday warning that millions of migrants and refugees will go to Europe, while the European side expects Turkey to honour its agreement to prevent migrants from reaching Europe. Last week, after Turkey opened its doors hundreds of thousands have crossed the borders. “We stick to the EU-Turkey agreement on refugees and migrants – Brussels says – and we expect that Ankara will honour its commitments”. Erdogan continues to use the migrant issue to intensify his pressure on Western countries to address his position on the Syrian and Libyan conflict.

During a press conference in the evening, Erdogan revealed that Ankara had refused a billion euros of additional aid that would have been offered by the EU to stop migratory flows and accused Greece of killing two migrants on its border, seriously injuring one, without circumstantiating his claims. Erdogan’s blackmail to Europe is turning into a humanitarian drama. Yesterday a child died during the attempt to disembark a group of migrants to Mitilini, on the Greek island of Lesvos. The boy was on a rubber that overturned when approached by a Greek coast guard unit, who rescued 46 other people. His body was found shortly thereafter. According to AFP, arrivals on the islands are multiplying, at least a thousand since yesterday morning even on the borders with Greece and Bulgaria thousands of people continue to crowd in desperate conditions. At least 13 thousand, according to last data of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 120 thousand for the Turkish Government.

EU has secured its full support for Athens. The presidents of the EU Commission, the Eurocamera and the European Council, Ursula von der Leyen, David Sassoli and Charles Michel will be on Tuesday on the land border between Greece and Turkey with the Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Also, Frontex says it is ready to launch a border defense operation. The agency, which works on border control in coordination with the European Asylum Support Office, could do very little to overcome the crisis, as it was neither empowered nor sufficiently funded to play more than auxiliary roles. Tensions are increasing on the Aegean route with Greece accusing Turkey to has turned into a country of smugglers, while Ankara denounces manoeuvres by the coastguard of Athens to sink a boat with sticks and warning shots, after the launches of tear gas to repel migrants on the border land. In Lesvos, where conditions in the camp for asylum seekers from Moria remain dramatic, tension also grows among the local population.

While Erdogan from Ankara continues to throw petrol on the fire, on the Aegean Islands anti-migrant extremist groups insulted and assaulted reporters, photojournalists and UNHCR staff. Yesterday a far-right extremist group yells stones against a police bus injuring an agent. The same groups attempt to stop the landing of inflatable boats with several children on board. A crisis that is not only humanitarian, but also political and economic. The peace, the security and stability of the Eurozone with already deep divisions among the member states are in big danger. Achieving cohesion in facing a common challenge can be difficult, but achieving it despite sharply diverging interests in the area is a much harder task.

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On Turkey with rift over amid, the European Union struggle to cope with migratory flows.
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On Turkey with rift over amid, the European Union struggle to cope with migratory flows.

The European Union, eager to avoid the 2015 and 2016’s migratory flows chaos, is taking action after Turkey said it would no longer abide by a 2016 agreement that prevented refugees and migrants from going to Europe.

The European Union entered into an agreement with Turkey in March 2016 to pay more than six billion euros ($ 6.6 billion) in exchange for Ankara preventing refugees and migrants on its soil from traveling to Europe.

The agreement has since reduced significantly the number of arrivals to the European Union from Turkey. The union said it is determined to keep the agreement with Ankara, which means the possibility of providing more money to it. But it is difficult to promote this among the 27 member states of the Union, at a time when they differ over the next long-term budget, starting in 2021.

European Council President Charles Michel called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday to show solidarity with Ankara after a Russian-backed Syrian government forces air strike that killed more than 30 Turkish soldiers last week.

Relations between the European Union and Ankara have been strained since Erdogan staged a sweeping crackdown on dissidents in Turkey following a failed coup attempt on his rule in 2016.

Recently, the European Union imposed sanctions on Ankara for exploration off Cyprus.  There are common borders between Greece and Turkey. The two countries exchanged accusations and criticism over the escalating tension on the border, as refugees and migrants in delegations began in large numbers during the past few days.

Charl Michel has already indicated the union’s readiness to increase humanitarian support for the Idlib region in northwestern Syria, one of the last areas controlled by an Iranian-backed opposition fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces backed by Moscow.

The European Commission has called for an emergency meeting of immigration ministers in the countries of the European Union and said it is ready to involve the European Frontier Agency (Frontex) in helping to monitor external bloc borders with Turkey in Greece and Bulgaria.

In 2015 and 2016, huge numbers of new arrivals invaded Greece, which allowed many of them to move forward to other European Union countries. Other countries have responded by re-imposing identity checks on their borders within the European Union’s Freedom of Travel area to prevent undisciplined movement of people.

The Freedom to Travel area is a major achievement of European integration. The union wants to avoid any further collapse of the system and does not want to stoke bitter disputes between member states over who is responsible for the arrival of refugees and migrants.

In Brussels, Turkey’s decision to open the way for Europe to refugees and migrants in response to the bombing of Idlib is seen as an attempt to lure the European Union and ensure support for Turkey in the face of Russia.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron may meet Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 5. Merkel, Macron and the head of NATO have already expressed their concern about the humanitarian situation in Idlib and urged an end to the conflict.

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Germany Will Not Tolerate Embargo Violation In Libya Anymore
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Germany Will Not Tolerate Embargo Violation In Libya Anymore

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has warned that countries that are continuing to provide weapon support in Libya will now have to face dire consequences.
Despite a weapons embargo, countries have been supplying war equipment to the fighting sides in Libya. Maas has made this statement a little before United Nations Security Council meeting. The UN has been constantly trying to curb the interference of foreign nations in order to restore peace in the war-torn country.

This is after a total of 16 countries and organizations had already met in Berlin in January 2020 to create harmony and unanimously decide to end the war like conditions in Libya. The intent was to renew their commitment to a 2011 UN weapons embargo, in a bid to end to the civil war that has been raging in the country since the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

In the whole scheme of things, Turkey has also been making the most of the situation and supporting one side in order to harness the rich natural resources in the country. He is known to have signed Fayez Serraj.

Khalifa Haftar on his part has made it clear that ceasefire will happen only when Turkish presence ceases in the region completely. With Erdogan confirming of the presence of training troops, the whole Geneva intervention plan can fall flat any moment. Haftar has been against the interference of Turkey from December 2019, when Ankara decided to sign two agreements over military cooperation with the legitimate government in Libya.

According to the Haftar, the new alliance will amounted to a “defense pact” that grants the Turkish government the right to use Libyan airspace and waters as well as build military bases on Libyan soil. Libya remains oil and gas rich and reserves the borders important Mediterranean trade routes. The country’s destabilization aroused the avarice of various international players, including the Turkish government. With signing a pact for maritime boundaries, Turkey ensures the safety of Libya’s largest natural resource and mode of employment and trade.

Khalifa Haftar’s Libya National Army has said that ‘any Turkish forces setting foot in the Libyan would be considered hostile forces and legitimate target.’ Recap Tayyip Erdogan had confirmed on December 10 that he would be sending in Turkish forces to support the GNA. However, Haftar has pointed out that in doing so, Erdogan would be in violation of the UN security council resolutions.

Haftar maybe correct is saying that the decision of GNA head, Fayez Serraj, to activate the military cooperation agreement with Turkey is merely ‘aimed at boosting his militia’s power.’ Sarraj may have missed the point that giving an entry to Turkey is like opening a death trap to another nation which would like to get a piece of this meaty nation.

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Brussels Conference 2020: Experts and government officials caution against Erdogan’s expansionist strategies
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Brussels Conference 2020: Experts and government officials caution against Erdogan’s expansionist strategies

On Tuesday, The European Parliament held a European conference facilitated in Brussels. The Conference entitled “Turkish intervention in the Mediterranean” and its objectives, causes, and threats. 

Many politicians, political experts, and deputies were representing different political trends from five European nations, such as the Dr. Costas Mavrides, MEP for Cyprus and Chairman of the Political Committee for the Mediterranean in the Parliament; H. E. Yasar Yakis, the former Turkish Foreign Minister; Professor Niyazi Kizilyurk, MEP from Cyprus; Jean Valere Baldacchino, President of The Geopolitical Research and Analysis Circle in Paris, and Dr. Magnus Norell, Adjunct Scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The meeting concentrated on two principle parts: Turkish intervention in the eastern Mediterranean, explicitly the issue of gas research off the shoreline of Cyprus, and the Turkish direct military mediation in Libya. Various members censured the marking of the Libyan administration of compromise led by Fayez al-Sarraj with the Turkish regime, saying that these understandings undermine stability in the Mediterranean. 

At the opening of the Conference, former Turkish Foreign Minister Yasar Yakis made a comprehensive historical introduction. In which he highlighted the reasons that incited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to consent to the arrangement with the Libyan government. 

The maritime borders in the Mediterranean and the length of oceanic borders that add up to 1700 km with Greece and the remainder of the Mediterranean nations is one of the few reasons.

Yakis reflected that Turkey has demanded to partition the sea borders and freedom to access its riches, and this is the objective through which Erdogan tries to get a legitimate right in regards to maritime edges. Along these lines, a unilateral deal was marked with Libya to demarcate the oceanic borders without counseling with the remainder of the Mediterranean nations. 

“It urges us to ask questions about the risks assailing Turkey through its concentration in Libya,” he said.

He included, “Erdogan’s approaches may transform Libya into another Syria.” He expressed this mainly as a result of its oil riches, particularly since Turkey right now not have any apparent policy to escape this emergency. 

He included that Erdogan additionally consented to a military collaboration deal with the legislature of Tripoli. However, the significant issue with this administration is that it’s dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and state armies connected to terror-based groups.

He additionally cautioned that the vague Erdogan’s Turkish foreign policy might place Ankara in grave peril because of this extension towards Libya. 

Niyazi Kizilyurk, MEP for Cyprus, placed the Turkish intervention in Libya in the class of the contest for energy sources and thought about that Erdogan was causing Turkey’s separation through its expansionist approaches. 

Kizilyurk stated that Cyprus has the freedom to invest its energy assets inside its sea borders, yet Turkey won’t acknowledge this right and power. 

He inquired as to why Erdogan wouldn’t consult with the nations of the region to arrive at an understanding that fulfills all parties and permits the dissemination of wealth of energy, which falls within the international laws. 

Costas Mavrides, MEP for Cyprus and chair of the Political Committee for the Mediterranean in European Parliament, stressed that the policy that Erdogan had been actualizing thoughtfully in the Islamic world for quite a while is placing him in face to face showdown with the remainder of the nations of the district. Consequently, this expansionist policy was the center of the issue through these hostile strategies that don’t acknowledge international laws. 

Mavrides thinks that this model is essential for Erdogan, as the Turkish parliament bolsters him and votes in favor of him with laws intended for securing people with Ottoman roots in the area as occurred with Muslims in Cyprus. 

He concluded that Erdogan’s policies undermined the security of the Mediterranean, stressing that there was no part to play for Turkey in Libya. Furthermore, the agreement that Erdogan marked with Libya doesn’t fit in with the laws of the United Nations or European laws since Turkey doesn’t recognize Cyprus, which is a part of the United Nations and a member of the EU. 

Magnus Norell, a scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, talked about the Turkish foreign policy of the Erdogan government. In which he noticed that the Turkish intervention in Libya encapsulates the post-zero policy issue, a situation that is brimming with questions, which he depicted as an expansionist approach that undermines security and balance. 

Norell expressed in the meeting that these expansionist choices are turning into pressure for Turkey and have built difficulties for Erdogan with nations in the region, for example, Egypt and Iran. 

He likewise emphasized the requirement for Europe to intercede to block arms exports to Libya, notably weapons from Turkey, since it disrupts security and dependability in the area and represents a risk to the Mediterranean nations. 

Jean Valere Baldacchino, President of The Geopolitical Research and Analysis Circle in Paris, likewise talked about Turkey’s expansionist strategy in Libya. Also, he concentrated on the degree of its peril to the war France is pursuing against terror based groups in Africa and Mali specifically. He stated that Turkey had aspirations for energy sources in the Mediterranean territory, expansionist offensive strategy, and justifying its interference in neighboring nations. Baldacchino also stressed and regretted that Europe didn’t manage the Erdogan government firmly and stringently. 

All the members in the Brusselsconference expressed their concern over the Turkish intrusion in the Mediterranean, which would have territorial and global consequences, and also on metaphorically transforming Libya into another Syria in a brief period.

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