Western media saw the visit of Erdogan a chance to solve the conflict in Syria


The world press, analyzing the results of the meeting of the presidents of Russia and Turkey Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, asked the question that was bothering her and before negotiations: realistic, whether the Union of Moscow and Ankara and how dangerous it is or useful for the West

The greatest interest to the meeting showed the German edition. “For Putin, it would be a huge success some distance from each other Turkey and NATO or even be interested in Ankara the project of Eurasian integration — sure columnist Julia Smirnova of Die Welt. And yet, Russia is able to offer much less than NATO. In addition, different political interests of the two countries”.

It is difficult to talk about the creation of the strategic anti-Western Alliance, rather, it is a reasonable tactical Alliance based on mutual reconciliation, says foreign policy expert of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger. “Between Russia and Turkey, there are many economic projects that require a restart,” said Frankenberger. — In terms of foreign policy, even in Israel, Erdogan has shown that he is ready to reasonable building relationships”. This flexibility, according to the analyst, it is necessary now Ankara after a series of foreign policy blunders.

The leadership of Germany closer Russian-Turkish cooperation is not alarming. Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in comments to the Bild that the relations of Moscow and Ankara will not be able to become so close to Turkey broke up with NATO as the key security partner. Advisor to the German government on Russian Affairs Gernot Erler added in an interview with NDR that “normalization between Russia and Turkey directly lies in the European interest.”

On the pages of American The Wall Street Journal Vice-President of the Center named after Woodrow Wilson, Aaron Miller notes that anti-Americanism could become the core of Russian-Turkish Alliance, noting the pragmatism of the Union: “Washington’s Policy, and sometimes its presence in the region, have often brought about unlikely alliances”.

And The New York Times, analyzing the new situation, believes that any agreement between Turkey and Russia one way or another will affect the politics of Europe, and the situation in the middle East, therefore, underestimate the talks is not worth it. Even if Washington and feared warming of relations between two regional powers that do not submit the form, the newspaper notes. Although the warm meeting of two former antagonists “is enough to cause alarm in Western capitals,” writes the NYT.

Tuesday talks on Syria held in the late evening after the press conference, the two leaders behind closed doors, their results have not been declared, so the press was less material for analysis.

From the positions of Moscow and Ankara largely depends on the resolution of the Syrian conflict, and warming between the two powers is in this sense a good sign, noted in an editorial column of the Financial Times. For example, both parties are interested in the soonest resolution of the situation around Aleppo, where government troops (supported by Moscow) fight with the rebels (supported by Ankara): the continuation of urban fighting highlights the problems of the Russian aviation and at the same time threatens another flow of refugees into Turkey.

On the other hand, says the FT, Putin is happy to support a fellow autocrat, came under the fire of criticism of liberal democracies and to insert a wedge between Turkey and its NATO allies. From this point of view, Western policy in Syria immediately comes under threat.

Announced on Tuesday the resumption of joint work on ECAS “Akkuyu” indirectly connected with the Syrian issue, says Turkish journalist Hurriyett Daily News Murat Yetkin: the construction of the station is planned for the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, dangerously close to the border with Syria and from the air force base in Incirlik. “It is therefore not surprising that the leaders decided to hold a separate meeting on security issues in Syria, the journalist said. — It wouldn’t be a surprise if the positions of Moscow and Ankara on Syria will be slightly revised, and in different proportions.”

On the eve Yetkin reported about the “secret diplomatic negotiations” to overcome the Russian-Turkish crisis. After the talks, he said that Erdogan felt “relief” when Putin at a press conference did not mention neither the crisis nor any of the sharp political themes and focused on shared economic interests.