Immediately following the historic referendum vote in Britain on June 24, emotional and knee jerk reactions exploded all over Europe as political activists and parties in up to eight countries began publicly demanding their own referendums to decide on whether to also remain within the EU sphere.
And while these reactions will either burn out or boil over in the coming weeks, one nation which had been seeking assistance from the EU and from NATO over the past six months in support of their political agendas has suddenly decided to cancel their application with the European Union, and over the weekend attempted to mend fences with both a short and long term adversary.
“In two stunning geopolitical developments over the past 24 hours, Turkey - which is finding itself increasingly snubbed by not only Europe but also the US - has pivoted dramatically and shortly after restoring full deplomatic ties with another country that has recently seen the cold shoulder from the Obama administration, namely Israel, moments ago apologized to Russia for last year’s downing of a Russian jet which allegedly crossed above its territory as part of the Russian campaign against ISIS.
As RT reports, Vladimir Putin has received a letter in which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized for the death of the Russian pilot who was killed when a Russian jet was downed over the Syrian-Turkish border last November, the Kremlin said.Erdogan expressed readiness to restore relations with Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.
“The head of the Turkish state expressed his deep sympathy and condolences to the relatives of the deceased Russian pilot and said ‘sorry,’” Peskov said.”
Turkey joins Switzerland in pulling out their applications for joining the EU just prior to, and immediately after, the Brexit vote finished.
But the apology made to Vladimir Putin and the Russian people today by Turkey is not the only sudden shift in foreign policy relations for Tayyip Erdogan who is seeking to put a tourniquet on his hemorrhaging economy and political status. Over the past few months Turkey has also sought to repair broken relations with Israel, and is now in the process of signing a new energy deal with the Jewish nation after they found massive oil and gas reserves off their coastlines.
“The normalization of relations with Turkey will allow Israel to supply natural gas to Europe, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Israeli government sees the prospect of lucrative Mediterranean gas deals once ties with Turkey are mended.
Both countries have been looking for reconciliation in recent months as Tel Aviv searches for a potential buyer for its offshore gas.”
— Russia Today
For most of its history following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire during WWI, Turkey has been an opportunist who seeks advantages by not only signing alliances with the West and the Middle East, but in playing both sides against each other when it can be to their benefit. And now that the stability of the EU is coming into question, and at the very least will be much less than it was prior to the Brexit vote, the Central Asian power is quickly shifting with the winds and is courting new allies who just yesterday were in opposition to Turkish success.