Subject: daily sabah yazısı
From: Ilnur Cevik
Date: 08/08/16 13:01


We are not turning our backs on the West!

By İlnur Çevik

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is flying to St. Petersburg to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as Ankara and Moscow continue their quest to mend fences as their relations hit the rocks following the downing of a Russian jet fighter near the Syrian border which had violated Turkish airspace…

A telephone conversation between Erdoğan and Putin broke the ice and sides agreed to bury the axes and revive relations.

At the time people in the West started speculating that Turkey was starting to veer away from the Western political system and was trying to court new friends in the East.

But these speculations have gained momentum in recent weeks after a band of soldiers affiliated to the Fethullah Gülen terrorist organization tried to stage a coup and failed with a massive bloody toll leaving 240 dead and more than 2100 wounded… Heeding an appeal by President Erdoğan the Turkish people flocked into the streets braving tanks, helicopter gunships, F-16 fighters and foiled the coup.

Since then Turks are asking why Turkey’s Western allies have not supported or displayed solidarity with Turkey. Under normal circumstances the Western countries would have applauded a nation for standing up against a military coup and displaying loyalty to democratic values. Not a single Western leader has visited Ankara to offer condolences and display solidarity. This has raised question marks in the minds of ordinary Turks on whether or not the coup attempt was supported by the West…

Instead of acknowledging the legendary brave resistance of the Turkish people against the coup the Western leaders have started criticizing the Erdoğan administration of a crackdown to weed out the coup plotters in the state system… The image created was that Erdoğan was using the coup to crackdown on the opposition which was total nonsense. This could have been clearly seen as opposition leaders who had rebuffed Erdoğan in the past first attended a meeting at the presidential palace and then on Sunday attended a massive rally participated by 5 million people in İstanbul to display support for democracy and those who lost their lives during the coup plot.

The West does not want to see the realities about Turkey which is sad. This coupled with claims that some Western elements may be involved in the coup plot is alienating the Turkish people. But despite all these adverse conditions it will be extremely wrong to say Turks are prepared to turn their backs on NATO, the European Union and the United States.

Turkey remains a part of the Western defense system but wants strong ties with its neighbor Russia. We have commercial, economic an energy interests that require strong ties between Ankara and Moscow. We also desire to be a part of the Shanghai five. But this does not mean we will give up our NATO membership.

In this new world order we have seen you should not keep all your eggs in the same basket. So it is normal that Turkey seeks ne friends while maintaining its old ties with old friends. Shanghai is not an alternative to NATO and ties with Russia is not an can never be an alternative to our ties with the West provided they really one us to be a part of their system…