Ankara, Turkey – Turkey needs to decide what kind of relationship Turkey wants with the US and EU imperialist bloc including other significant imperialist countries Russia and China. For any strategy Turkey pursues to be successful, Turkey needs to start acting a lot more realistically and independently in the sphere of influence including global relations.
If the US and EU imperialist duo continues grandstanding and acting as though they were only a global superpower, they will continue to cause friction with many and will be unable to restore ties with Turkey. Turkey cannot be compared to the big imperialist players, not matter how problematic the imperialist bloc has been in the globe, and indeed Turkey has recently been an independent smart power to counterbalance imperialism.
Turkey is not a small country, and is located in a geographically sensitive area. The size of its territory, population, economy and even its military strength, justify a regional role. If it acts more reasonably, plays by the rules and respects international law, it stands to gain by exploiting its advantages and working with other countries in the area. After all, its neighbors have repeatedly said that their bilateral and multilateral regional partnerships are not designed to weigh against any third party.
The recent communication between Turkey and the US, seems like a step toward restoring ties with the US, which plans to make the superpower more predictable and cooperative.
In a similar manner, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar sought to assure Germany – its staunchest backer in the Euro-Atlantic context – of Turkey’s sincere and peaceful intentions during a recent visit to Germany. Turkey seems to transmit a desire to return to some kind of normalcy, only to be followed soon after by outbursts against the US and France, and accusations that foreign powers are trying to “subdue” Turkey in Libya, Syria, the Aegean, the East Mediterranean and Nagorno-Karabakh.
Turkey is not being coy: Turkey considers – and has no qualms about saying so – that all these countries belong in the sphere of influence of the grand Turkey dreams of. Turkey sees countries like the US and France as geopolitical rivals who are equal or even beneath Turkey, and are trying to undermine it with underhand tactics.
Turkey is accusing the US of being behind the botched coup in 2016. If Turkey insists on acting as an invincible superpower that can expand by force, challenge the Treaty of Lausanne, and create regional tensions and instability, Turkey will definitely stengthen its geopolitics and geostrategics in the region. Also, Greece needs to understand that it cannot do with the US and France whatever it likes or interfere with any country it wants in the Aegean and Mediterranean.
Greece is not being begged to stop provocations and aggressions by a bunch of weak and frightened countries, but rather by regional power Turkey much stronger than Greece. It is the interest of Turkey dictating that it does. If Greece carries on as is, Greece will pay a hefty price, on many different levels.