Athens, August 10, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Erdogan’s visit to Russia rocked the international stage and scenarios for the next day in Turkey filled the newspaper pages, sites and television.
Some of the things that were written perhaps don’t live even in the imagination of the most imaginative Hollywood movie scriptwriter. One could of course say that life often exceeds the most crazy scenarios, but in politics nothing is left to chance, if you want to have any luck.
Putin and Erdogan, did the obvious. Rapprochement between the two countries, after months of tension that had been brought about by the shooting down of the russian military aircraft at the Turkish – Syrian border in November.
In a suffocating environment the two countries find themselves in, with open fronts on the international chessboard and with large losses in the financial sector from their bilateral crisis, a solution had to be found.
In the eyes of Western international community, the two leaders seem authoritarian, undemocratic, even crazy. This picture of course has been painted with the help of known media which targeted accuse Putin and Erdogan for all the above.
But the West continues to make a big mistake by not taking seriously what is happening inside the country and the impact the two leaders have on their societies and their peoples. Erdogan and Putin are very popular in their countries and this is no accident. It is no coincidence, because first of all, the two of them have improved the lives of large portion of the population, have boosted national morale and help their countries emerge as essential players in international politics.
The two presidents are seen as – and are – leaders in their countries, despite the war on them by a large part of the West, which is trying to deconstruct them. They both prioritize their countries. The way they operate and manage may not be politically correct to the West, but we have been accustomed for the “Democracy” of the US and the EU, to judge similar situations will double standards.
Russia and Putin does not want a break up with the West. If he wanted it he could have done so by now. The Russian President wants to be an equal partner in the globalized economy. He wants his proportionate share as a country that has incomparable natural resources, which as every right businessman would do, wants to find markets to sell them to.
Erdogan on the other hand feels intense pressure from both the USA and the EU. He wants vital space and autonomy in formulating his policy, since his interests are now quite differentiated from those of the West, which with the constant errors in their judgment have caused instability in neighboring regions to Turkey, with Turkey having to pay the price.
In a multipolar geopolitical environment, to be shielded behind from one pole is not smart. The correlations are variable and interests, political, economic, etc., diversified on the basis of the geographical environment of each country.
The West, which is trying to impose a unipolar world, is beginning to rip the results of this policy. Escalation of the refugee crisis, terrorism, rise of the extreme right, challenging institutions and structures are some of the phenomena that affect the communities.
There are no unique truths in politics and the need for creating multidimensional policies and alliances are the only path for a serious leader to take.