Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey, adopts ill-considered policies in Turkish foreign relations with many countries. This, in turn, is placing an unprecedented burden on the Turkish economy, especially since it is already suffering in the recent period. Which caused the Turkish public opinion to denounce Erdogan’s actions and a situation of dissatisfaction in the Turkish streets.
Cyprus / Turkey Conflict
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has reaffirmed his commitment to fight for a solution to the Cyprus problem.
“We must continue to struggle. So that Turkey and all those who back us understand. That the solution to the Cyprus issue is indeed to the advantage of Turkey. It is to the advantage of all the Cypriot people, but it is enough for those not to recognize this. The island, in the Blue Homeland plans, will be another Syria, another Libya, another Iraq, “Anastasiades emphasized.
He said, “Our homeland is blue as well. In the sense that it is surrounded by a blue sea. And as a dominant country it has Exclusive Economic Zones. And we are all seeing the threats, Turkey’s second invasion.”
“As we’re all watching what’s going on in Syria; we’re all watching what’s going on in Libya; Also watching the challenges against the Hellenic Republic,” he said.
Anastasiades said in his speech that he seemed to be seeking to fulfill the dream of the party’s founder, Glafkos Clerides, for the reunification of Cyprus.
France / Turkey Conflict
An official from the French defense ministry urged NATO to tackle its “Turkey crisis”. In the face of increasing concerns over Libya and also other issues.
“We’ve got to see it, tell it and deal with it,” the official also said.
The two allies have exchanged barbs in Libya over the latest chapter of a decade of civil war, accusing each other of supporting opposing sides in the ongoing power struggle in the region.
France’s defense ministry accused a Turkish naval vessel of attacking one of its Mediterranean ships, stating that its ship was attempting to enforce the UN weapons embargo on Libya, and thereby suggesting that Turkey was seeking to allow weapons to be transferred to the government centered in Tripoli. France characterized the ship’s actions as “highly hostile” and “an ally against a NATO ship unacceptable.”
According to the French version of the incident several weeks ago, Turkish frigates attacked radar three times, indicating a missile attack was imminent, after French sailors conducted tests on a container ship in the Mediterranean that they accused of violating the embargo.
Gulf / Turkey Conflict
Turkey’s most recent skirmish with the United Arab Emirates-Saudi Arabia coalition is about the internet. In mid-April, Saudi Arabia also announced it was restricting links to news outlets and other websites sponsored by the Turkish state. Within a week, several news outlets in Turkey, Saudi and Emirati, become unavailable.
Turan Kislakci, president of the Turkish-Arab Media Group , told Al-Monitor, “This was simply a mutual move.” Turkey had no intention of censoring Saudi-backed media outlets, however. Most of such channels run with the government’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) blessing and assistance.