China Criticizes Erdogan's Behavior Behind Putin's Back

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.22 - 2024 2:14 PM CET

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Photo: Kremlin
The behavior of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, behind Russia's back, has drawn criticism in China, according to reports from Chinese journalists.

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Turkey is a unique country that often finds itself at the center of grand geopolitical plays, and it's not always clear whose side it's on. Currently, Ankara maintains relations with both Moscow and Washington, leaving open the question of whom Turkey considers its main partner.

"The importance of Turkey for Russia cannot be overstated," said the authors of the Chinese publication.

Sohu observers stated that Turkey plays a crucial role in the security system of Europe. It controls the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits, which have long been considered among the most important strategic assets of the region.

This is why the country attracts such significant attention. Recently, Turkish President Erdogan once again drew this attention to himself.

When Putin was recently re-elected as the President of Russia, Turkish President Erdogan was one of the first to personally call Putin and congratulate him on the election. In itself, there was nothing particularly unusual about this, but Chinese journalists believe that Erdogan's subsequent behavior was in direct contradiction to that congratulation.

According to AB News, which summarized the Chinese article, Erdogan later delivered a significant surprise to Putin and Russia. It was reported that Turkey is showing interest in assisting with the construction of the largest NATO base in Europe, to be located in Romania, quite close to Russia. Turkish companies will supply the builders with iron, steel, copper, and cement.

According to Sohu's authors, the construction of the base in Romania represents another provocation against Russia, with Turkey directly participating in it.

Consequently, Erdogan's behavior raises questions and is deemed unworthy of the leader of such a country. Today, he wishes Moscow all the best, and tomorrow, he assists its enemies, express the Chinese authors' dismay.