A dialogue with the opposition of Turkey demonstrates Russia’s readiness to maintain ties with the Turkish nation, regardless of the ruling in this country of the regime, says the orientalist Sergei Demidenko.
MOSCOW, 22 Dec. Russia needs to maintain a dialogue with Turkish opposition political forces to show that the recent cooling of relations between official Moscow and Ankara is not concerned with relations between the Russian and Turkish peoples, experts believe.
Last week, the co-chair of the opposition Pro-Kurdish Party democracy peoples of Turkey Selahattin Demirtas announced that it plans on Wednesday 23 December to visit Moscow to hold talks with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Later a source in the Russian foreign Ministry confirmed that the meeting will be held.
Cooperation with progressive forces
To say that Russia through negotiations, establishes direct contacts with the Turkish Kurds, while it is impossible, says the orientalist, the Professor of Institute of social Sciences of the Russian Academy of national economy and public administration Sergey Demidenko. “You have to understand that the democratic Party of the peoples of Turkey just advocates of the rights of all minorities, including the Kurds, it is the liberal party,” he said.
“Another thing is that this party of opposition — not the main, but the opposition”, — said Demidenko.
The expert believes that the dialogue with opposition political forces of Turkey demonstrates Russia’s readiness to maintain ties with the Turkish nation, regardless of the ruling in this regime. “We certainly try to show that we are not against cooperation with other political forces of Turkey, which, from our point of view are more progressive, healthier and more capable of agreement,” — said Demidenko.
“I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that our next step will be some contacts with the Republican people’s party — main opposition party of Turkey”, — the expert believes.
The right step
Senior research fellow at the Centre for Arab and Islamic studies of the Institute of Oriental studies Boris Dolgov believes that contacts between the foreign Ministry and the Turkish opposition party was a welcome step from the Russian foreign Ministry.
“This is the right step, as the current deterioration of relations between Russia and Turkey is not something temporary. At least under the current leadership of Turkey no improvement can not be”, — said Debts.
According to the expert, Russia can continue the dialogue with other representatives of the Turkish opposition, but is unlikely to come into contact directly with the Turkish Kurds, including the Kurdistan workers party (PKK). “I don’t think that the PKK will conduct formal negotiations. That’s right, because between them and Ankara hostilities, the PKK is banned in Turkey”, — said the expert.
“But with the representatives of the legal opposition can be negotiated. This is a normal international practice. You need to speak with the Turkish opposition, which aims to come to power through elections,” says Boris Dolgov.
Relations of Russia and Turkey is experiencing a crisis after November 24, Turkish F-16 shot down in Syria, the Russian bomber su-24. The Russian President Vladimir Putin called it a “stab in the back” by the accomplices of terrorists. Ankara claims that the su-24 entered its airspace. The General staff of the Russian Federation stated that the plane boundary is not crossed, confirmed by Syrian air defenses. After the incident, the President signed a decree on measures to ensure national security and the special economic measures against Turkey.