Turkish media seek guilty of Idlib conflict


Relations between Russia and Turkey in the light of the conflict in Idlib and the upcoming meeting between Putin and Erdogan remain one of the main topics for discussion for the Turkish media.


The meeting of the heads of the two states should be held in Moscow on March 5. On the eve of the upcoming negotiations, the Turkish media publish a large number of materials about the events in Syria and directly in Idlib, searching for those responsible for this conflict. Moreover, the pro-government media in Turkey, of course, accuse Russia of destabilizing the situation in Idlib, but they do it very carefully, with an eye on the position of the official Turkish authorities. And this position, as you know, consists in laying all the blame for the death of Turkish troops on the Syrian side. Thus, Firdous Bulut quotes Recep Erdogan, who said that Turkey has no special problems with Russia and Iran in Idlib.

At the same time, many Turkish authors resort to very harsh rhetoric regarding the events taking place in Syria. Thus, the journalist Hassan Basri Yalin writes in Sabah that Idlib is the sphere of direct interests of Turkey, and if the enemies of the Turkish state are going to wage a war of attrition there, then Ankara is ready, and it will be possible to see who will win this war in the end.

Yalyn also notes that Turkey could not be erased from the world map 100 years ago, and now the Turkish state is not what it was after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, and will be able to protect its interests. Another author, Kerem Alkin, believes that Turkey’s policy in the Middle East and North Africa is aimed at ensuring “global stability”.

Daily Sabah author Hakki Ojal is more harsh in his article, which, however, came out a little earlier, but it clearly conveys the position of the semi-official Turkish press. Ojal compares Bashar al-Assad with an insect that is becoming more aggressive towards the end of his life, and recalls that Vladimir Putin himself signed an agreement on the presence of the Turkish military on Syrian territory. Ocal also emphasizes that the regime in Syria should not be single-religious.

Obviously, the journalist has in mind the dominance of the Alawite elite, to which Bashar Assad himself belongs, over the Arab-Sunni majority of the Syrian population.

At the end of the article, Ocal concludes:

All interested parties should know the Turkish version of the proverb: "When death comes to the fox, it goes to the lion."

And the lion, obviously, in the understanding of the Turkish journalist, is Turkey.

It is noteworthy that, against the backdrop of warlike rhetoric about the events in Syria, the Daily Sabah article published “Crimea: история peninsula twice stolen. " Turkish media and politicians like to remember about Crimea when it is necessary to hurt Russia.

But do not assume that the entire Turkish community is delighted with the actions of Erdogan in Idlib. So, the author of Evrensel, Yusuf Karatash, criticizes Erdogan, who, in his opinion, allows himself to be manipulated by both Russia and the USA.

Yesterday, “friend Putin”, in order to set Turkey against the United States, allowed operations in Syria, sold the S-400 air defense system to Turkey, and today “friend Trump” and NATO, whom Turkey calls for help, in order to restrain its rival, which has gained strength in region (in the Middle East), they plan to transfer the Patriot to Turkey and pit it even more with Syria and Russia in Idlib,

- notes Karatash.

Guven Oztan criticizes Turkish authorities for the death of Turkish troops in Idlib. The authorities, in his opinion, are not doing anything in order to reduce losses in Syria and generally prevent bloodshed.

Today, another Turkish soldier died during an operation in Syria.

As you can see, in their assessments of the situation in the SAR and the relations between Russia and Turkey, the Turkish media are rather contradictory. It all depends on the political orientation of a particular publication, especially since Turkey has enough political forces opposed to Recep Erdogan. The policy of the Turkish president is not to the liking of orthodox Kemalists, and left-wing and left-democratic forces representing the interests of national minorities.
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  1. bessmertniy 3 March 2020 06: 27 New
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    Turkish media mirror the opinions for which journalists receive money. Mostly the “patriots” are paying, and for today we are fighting the deployment of an anti-Russian company in the Turkish media. If it flares up, it will seriously affect mutual trade, tourism and agricultural sectors in Turkey. negative
    1. Same lech 3 March 2020 06: 32 New
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      Erdogan just had to keep his pro-Turkish proxies in Idlib from provocations and attacks on the Syrians ... but he didn’t do this ... maybe there are no forces or influence on the radicals ... moreover, he supplied them with weapons and military advisers ... so Erdogan’s fault is obvious.
      1. bessmertniy 3 March 2020 06: 37 New
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        The purge from Gulen’s supporters probably undermined the controllability of the Turkish Armed Forces. In any case, it is not clear to whom the Turkish military who were in the battle formations of the terrorists obeyed.
        1. comprochikos 3 March 2020 07: 28 New
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          They can’t understand in any way that if you invaded a foreign country that will defend itself, they will, to put it mildly, kill you a little.
          1. bessmertniy 3 March 2020 07: 39 New
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            This is a little at first. While they thought they would change their minds. And if you did not change your mind, then the right to kill more appears. what
  2. Finches 3 March 2020 06: 27 New
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    What to look for it then? In Ankara there is a modern, but majestic building constructed in the Art Nouveau style - it is called, without any pathos, the Presidential Palace! Somewhere in his many rooms and corridors this same culprit is hanging around ... laughing
  3. K-50 3 March 2020 06: 52 New
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    Yalyn also notes that Turkey could not be erased from the world map 100 years ago,

    So no one attacked the Turks. It was their troops who attacked a neighbor, Syria. Therefore, they must be destroyed, like invaders and accomplices of terrorists. yes
    the regime in Syria should not be single-religious.

    They will figure it out themselves, without external “hints”. yes
    Turkish media and politicians like to remember about Crimea when it is necessary to hurt Russia.

    Dogs bark, and the caravan doesn’t care. fellow
  4. rocket757 3 March 2020 07: 19 New
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    The mutnyak is complete, although everything is obvious, preparations are underway to capture the main prize, i.e. elections, elections, all candidates ... not our friends, for sure, they differ only in the degree of friendship !!! Therefore, the question is, is it not better to save / support the one who already quarreled with all of our same FRIENDS ...
    Not a friend, not an enemy, in its final degree, uncomfortable, but FOR EVERYONE !!! Those. you can work with it, only very carefully.
  5. Chaldon48 3 March 2020 07: 35 New
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    And the proverb about a fox running away from death to Leo is very suitable for Turkey itself.
  6. Arlen 3 March 2020 08: 04 New
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    What to look for the culprit when the culprit leads the Turkish state. The name of the culprit is Erdogan.
  7. Paul Siebert 3 March 2020 08: 59 New
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    Yesterday's Turkish losses are just flowers!
    The Syrian army has adapted to the new realities of warfare, taking into account Turkish intervention.
    Air defense assets are pulled to the forefront. Already ten Turkish drone drone "resting on the ground."
    Assad’s troops began to actively dig in. If before the attack on Sarakib, the Arabs looked contemptuously at the sapper shovel, now it is understood that this item is the best friend of the infantryman and tanker.
    The front line returned to its February state - the lost territories were returned and the soldiers were eager to avenge the dead comrades.
    Many Turkish roadblocks are actually surrounded by the Syrian army, and their garrisons are afraid to sneeze loudly.
    The Turks are still waiting for discouraging surprises ... wink
    1. rudolff 3 March 2020 09: 19 New
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      “If before the attack on Sarakib, the Arabs looked contemptuously at the sapper blade ...” You should not generalize like that. The militants very well know how to dig into the ground, in the occupied territories they built entire underground cities. The guys who served in Afghanistan told the same thing: the whole country in underground tunnels.
      Why the Syrian army does not want to dig in, the question of course. Perhaps because of the swiftness of hostilities. Quickly advancing, quickly retreating, again advancing. Cities move here and there, although these are ideal fortification and engineering bastions.
      1. rocket757 3 March 2020 09: 39 New
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        Quote: rudolff
        Cities move here and there, although these are ideal fortification and engineering bastions.

        For any fortification and other structures, you need soldiers who will defend them steadily!
        With it there is tight, or rather, very tight!
  8. nikvic46 3 March 2020 09: 23 New
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    Many people, like me, who don’t know what is happening in this country, ask where they came from. Now this “cooperation” has become an unpleasant factor. But the time will come, and the Syrians will have to ask both the Iranians and the PLO to get out. And I don’t think that they met this with understanding.
  9. Galleon 3 March 2020 09: 32 New
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    Turkish media seek guilty of Idlib conflict

    - That's it. Closest to all Napoleon. Two of us went to watch him. Of course, they came out long ago, before me, and returned with me. Now we know where his house is. Such a small spot, but around emptiness, there is nothing.
    “Were they there?”
    - That's it. His house is big, long, there are many windows, there is light everywhere. Of course, you cannot make out from me. So, like a pin head ...
    “Did they see him?”
    - That's it. They looked out the window.
    “What did he do?”
    - Walked back and forth. To and fro, to and fro like a pendulum. They watched for an hour, but he still walks and walks. And he says: “It’s Ney’s fault ... This Soul is to blame ... Josephine is to blame ... Russia is to blame ... England ...” A little, fat, tired one, walks and walks.

    Clive Staples Lewis, Divorce.
  10. Xenofont 3 March 2020 09: 50 New
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    The Turks see Russia as an existential enemy as a result of the entire history of relations and for 16 years vividly demonstrated the readiness of society to throw out hatred for any reason. Now history is repeating and scary that it is ordinary citizens who have such hot feelings for our country with all the restraint of Putin’s (poorly substantiated) policies. It’s time to understand that loyalty should not be expected from the Turks, as if our politicians would not cajole them for the sake of business interests.
  11. shinobi 3 March 2020 09: 51 New
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    If Assad does not deflate, but simply cannot deflate, the Turks will be beaten up as an adult. Having seized, according to the unwritten rule of the east, Erdogan will again ask for peace. And so it can continue sooooo long. It is indicative that NATO looks at it from the side, if we discard all the big words about Euro-Atlantic unity and other nonsense.