Turkey, Russia, Iran could form 'rejected coalition,' says expert
Turkey, Russia and Iran could form a 'coalition of the rejected,' according to an expert. ‘All three have strategic geopolitical locations.
All three have a long tradition of statehood,’ says Andrzej Ananicz, former director of the Polish Intelligence Agency, adding that they all have had state ideologies vilifying others and feeding nationalism.
... With the growing perception that Turkey will never join the European Union even if it fulfills all the criteria, the country could form a “coalition of the rejected” with fellow international outcasts Russia and Iran, according to a former Polish diplomat.
“The feelings of rejection can serve as the cement of the coalition,” Andrzej Ananicz, former director of the Polish Intelligence Agency, said while speaking this week at the Salzburg Global Seminar, which focused on the future of Turkey.
Asked by organizers to come up with a provocative scenario for Turkey’s foreign policy future, Ananicz said the “coalition of the rejected” option had already been voiced by a top military official, Tuncer Kılınç, when he was at the head of the powerful National Security Council.
Rejected by the EU, Turkey could seek to act together with Russia, which also feels excluded, as well as Iran, Kılınç said in 2002. He is currently among those who are accused of being part of an illegal group that allegedly aimed to topple the government.
The feeling of exclusion is not the only element that can unite the three countries, according to the former Polish ambassador to Ankara.
“All three have strategic geopolitical locations. All three have a long tradition of statehood,” he said, adding that they all have had state ideologies vilifying others and feeding nationalism. In addition, all three have problems with their minorities, he said.
When it comes to their relations with the rest of the world, there are again similarities, Ananicz said.
WE NEED TO KEEP AN EYE ON THESE THREE NATIONS.
AND CHINA AND NORTH KOREA.
THEY'RE UP TO NO GOOD.