Moscow, believes expert in Oriental studies, through dialogue with the opposition political forces shows the willingness to maintain ties with the Turkish nation, regardless of the ruling in this regime.
MOSCOW, 23 Dec. Co-Chairman of the opposition Pro-Kurdish Party democracy peoples (PD) Turkey Selahattin demirtaş has arrived in Moscow, where on Wednesday plans to hold talks with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. This has already caused sharp criticism from Prime Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu, has criticized Demirtaş, in collaboration with those, “with whom Turkey has a problem.”
About his upcoming visit to the Russian Federation Selahattin Demirtas himself said at the end of last week. A source in the Russian foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday that the Turkish politician will meet with Lavrov. “Such a meeting is planned,” — said the Agency interlocutor.
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.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has condemned the intention of Demirtaş to visit Moscow. “Turkey is a free country, everyone can go wherever he wants, and date whoever you wish, with no problems. But why they didn’t come two months ago, a year ago?” — said Davutoglu at the meeting of the parliamentary faction of the ruling Party of justice and development on Tuesday in Ankara.
According to the Prime Minister, “they instead move with the people, prefer to cooperate with those with whom Turkey has a problem.”
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.