“Erdogan understands only power”: the conflict between France and Turkey

“Erdogan understands only power”: the conflict between France and Turkey

Analysts polled by the newspaper TOP NEWS concluded that French President Emmanuel Macron was quite capable of “besieging” Turkish President Recep Erodgan, who had become too presumptuous in his aggressive actions.
At the same time, experts admit that the French politician will not decide on active actions, conducting endless coordination of his actions with Brussels and Washington.
The reason for the experts’ thoughts was the growing tension in Franco-Turkish relations. In particular, the conflict began off the coast of Libya when the Turkish frigate refused to inspect the cargo that the French were supposed to carry out as part of the NATO Sea Guardian operation. In response to the demand, the Turks took the French ship in sight. The incident caused a sharp reaction from French President Emanuel Macron, who said that Turkey’s actions would destabilize the situation in NATO. At the same time, the French leader directly pointed out Erdogan’s support for the Libyan Government’s national accord and noted that the Turkish president is playing a dangerous game. Later it became known that the Turkish counterintelligence detained four people who were accused of espionage in favor of France.
“The contradictions between France and Turkey continue to grow,” the article says.
Commenting on the situation, the professor of St. Petersburg State University Stanislav Tkachenko emphasized that the aggressive actions of Tuition jeopardize security in Europe, and this circumstance “is very worrying for Macron.” At the same time, Erdogan does not intend to retreat from his goal, which he intends to achieve in Libya: to create a puppet government and strengthen its position in the Arab world.
Andrei Kortunov, director-general of the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs (RIAC), recalled that conflicts have arisen more than once between France and Turkey: for example, the French are still skeptical of Turkey’s accession to the EU, which “Turks are very offended by.” Also, the governments of both countries have diametrically opposed views on the policies pursued by Cairo.
“There are also disagreements over Syria, gas, and refugees,” Kortunov stated.
Gevorg Mirzayan, assistant professor at the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, expressed confidence that Macron could cope with Turkish aggression if he proceeds to real action. However, according to him, the French leader is likely to “drown” in coordinating his policy with the leadership of the EU and the United States.
“And Erdogan understands only power,” the expert summed up.