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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
The Yemen crisis has brought along various contradictions which are more than difficult to grasp and muddle through.
Last week, Turkey had a strong presence in Japan. A wide delegation under the leadership of the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) attended the U.N. world conference on “Disaster Risk Reduction.”
“We want to leave this episode behind us. Turkey is a very important country. We want friendly relations. But the ball is now in Turkey’s court.”
The current scene in Russia is quite chaotic and hectic. On the one hand, Moscow is dealing with the Ukraine crisis. On the other hand, it is shaken with the recent assassination of Boris Nemtsov, one of Russia’s prominent opposition leaders.
Last week, the news fell like a bombshell. Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz declared at the Turkish parliament that Turkey’s new defense missile system, to be purchased most probably from China, would not be integrated with NATO’s system. This kicked off a hot discussion on whether Turkey is changing its strategic affiliation and might ultimately withdraw from NATO
Turkey has replaced Ukraine since Russia declared the suspension of the long-planned South Stream project in early December 2014. In other words: Russia is going to build a new pipeline via Turkey, called the “Turkish Stream,” which will transport Russian gas to Europe via Turkey instead of Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin caused a shockwave around the world, specifically in Europe, when he declared the suspension of the long-planned South Stream project during his visit to Istanbul in early December 2014. He pulled another rabbit out of his hat with his next statement: “We will build a new pipeline via Turkey instead.”
First of all, this was a “cover-up operation” for ISIL, trying to whitewash its defeat in Kobane two weeks ago. By increasing the level of its barbarism and creating a much larger wave of shock, it was able to jog people’s memories again about its supposed “invincibility.”
This week, Jan. 27 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz exterminatiom camp by Soviet soldiers.
The Turkish public does not feel safe and secure. This is what the results of the “Survey of Social-Political Tendencies in Turkey” tell us indirectly.
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