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Erdogan hails Russian S-400 delivery, wants to ‘go much further’ and make weapons with Russia

16 Jul, 2019
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has celebrated the arrival in Turkey of the Russian S-400 air defense system, despite the threat of US sanctions, and stated that he wishes to co-produce weapons with Russia in the future.
Speaking in Ankara on Monday –on the third anniversary of a failed coup attempt against him– Erdogan promised that the newly-acquired S-400 batteries will be fully deployed in less than a year. Russian cargo planes began delivering the system’s components on Friday, with more transport flights arriving over the weekend.

Beyond S-400s, the Turkish consensus against the West

By Gökhan Bacık
Jul. 18, 2019

Much of the discussion of Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missiles focuses on whether it will cause a rift with the West. There is no doubt the delivery of the air defence system that began last week will have political and economic costs, but one point is often overlooked – there is a national consensus in Turkey that the country should disengage from the West.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has a clear stance on the West. Its traditional Islamist ideology leads to radical anti-Westernism on key issues of global politics. Besides, Turkish Islamists also see the West as a threat to their survival.

“The return to Ataturkism!”

Sep. 4, 2018
The lead headline in Sunday’s Cumhuriyet was as above and told of the new goings-on in the Ministry of National Education.
Let me state at once that the news which appeared to meet the expectations of those who had placed their hopes in him since Ziya Selçuk took up the post of Minister of National Education came as no surprise. But, a careful reading reveals that it is not fully and clearly apparent what is entailed.

Ankara must be wary of ‘Jewish forces influencing Russia’ despite S-400s – pro-gov’t columnist

Jul 15 2019
Turkey’s acquisition of the S-400 missile defence systems from Russia is an important step towards independence for the country, after decades under the thumb of western powers, said Turkish journalist Yusuf Kaplan in a column published on Monday by the Islamist pro-government daily Yeni Şafak.
But Ankara must also be careful in its dealings with Moscow since “Russia cannot and will not take an inch of a step independently from Israel and the Jewish forces (in the United States), Kaplan said.

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