İncirlik- un punct nevralgic

Russia says Turkey could provide İncirlik base for Moscow’s Syria campaign

A member of Russia’s upper house of parliament has reportedly suggested that Turkey could provide its İncirlik air base for Russian Air Forces jets in their campaign across the border in Syria.

“Turkey could provide the İncirlik base to the Russian Aerospace Forces for its use in counterterrorism operations [in Syria]. This could become a logical continuation of Turkish President [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan’s step toward Russia,” Senator Viktor Ozerov, member of the Russian Federation Council Defense and Security Committee, was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti on Aug. 16.

According to Russian news agencies, Ozerov did not rule out that Ankara could offer the use of its air base after Erdoğan’s reconciliatory visit to St. Petersburg last week, where he affirmed support for Russia’s anti-terrorist mission in Syria.

“It is not guaranteed that Russia needs İncirlik, but such a decision could be regarded as Turkey’s real readiness to cooperate with Russia in the fight against terrorism in Syria, and not just pay lip service,” Ozerov was also quoted as saying.

Turkey opened its İncirlik base to the U.S.-led anti-ISIL coalition in July 2015 after a bilateral agreement was signed among both parties.

Ozerov also clarified that the decision could be taken based on similar agreements made with Syria on the use of the Hmeymim facility and the latest use of the Hamadan airfield in western Iran to carry out airstrikes in Syria, the Russian news website Sputnik reported on Aug. 16.

Profesorii kamikaze

Via Hotnews: Ambasadorul Turciei explica de ce s-au grabit pucistii sa atace

Rep: Cu tot respectul, cu greu pot sa-mi imaginez 15.000 de profesori kamikaze…
Osman Koray Ertaş: Nu vorbesc despre ei, ci despre cei din Armata, ei pot actiona ca niste kamikaze. Iata inca un exemplu. La cea mai mare baza aeriana din Ankara, de unde au fost coordonate multe operatiuni din timpul puciului, in dimineata in care politia si armata reala au preluat controlul, au gasit un profesor asociat de religie la Universitatea Sakarya; numele sau e public. Cind Politia i-a perchezitionat biroul din Facultate a gasit o carte a lui Gulen. Asa ca pot deveni cu adevarat kamikaze. Va puteti imagina ce facea un profesor intr-o baza militara?

Se poate şi mai rău

How the migrant crisis could get much worse by James Forsyth

But how much worse the refugee crisis could become worse is made clear in leaked minutes of a meeting between the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker. As Bloomberg columnist Marc Champion points out, Erdogan is determined to get far more out of the EU than the 3 billion Euros it is currently offering. He tells them that if the offer is for only 3 billion, the conversation might as well end there: “We can open the doors to Greece and Bulgaria anytime and we can put the refugees on buses.” He warns them that if Turkey opens its borders, there won’t just be the body of one dead boy on a beach but 10 to 15 thousand.

O spirală

Turkey stops Russian ships from sailing in reciprocal gesture

The Turkish authorities have blocked 27 Russian ships from sailing towards the Mediterranean and Black Seas, claiming that they fail to meet the necessary criteria, local media reported on Wednesday.

According to the Daily Sabah, Turkey’s decision is reciprocation for a similar decision by the Russian authorities, which are, it is claimed, holding eight Turkish-registered vessels in port. Such moves are allowed for under the mutually-agreed memorandum of understanding for use of the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Passage between the two has to be via the Bosphorus in Istanbul.