The United States, worried about the disagreement over Syria with one of its key allies – Turkey, do not leave any attempts to change Ankara’s position. Washington is trying in every way to break the outlined alliance of the Turkish leadership with Russia and Iran and, if possible, return Turkey to the orbit of American Middle East policy. On June 16, an agreement reached in the course of the talks between Secretary of State M. Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister M. Cavusoglu entered into force, on the joint US-Turkish control over the zone around the city of Manbij.
This zone was captured with the help of Americans detachments of Syrian Kurds from the SDS were forced by their curators to leave it, and instead of them, Turkish military patrols entered Manbij. Washington again, without hesitation, neglected the interests of a minor ally in favor of an ally stronger.
For R. Erdogan, who won the elections, this is certainly a good gift. The Turkish president does not hide his gratification. A fly in his mood, though, added the US Senate, who voted to cancel the delivery of fifth-generation F-35 aircraft to Turkey. The reason is the refusal of the Turks to annul the contract for the purchase of the S-400 air defense system in Russia. However, the Turks claim that the first deliveries of the F-35 are already on the way, and the Senate decision can not cancel them.
As a token of gratitude, Ankara for its part solidarized with the American demands to Damascus to abandon the planned offensive on the position of militants in southern Syria, and also indicated the watchfulness of Iran. This, in general, the Turkish gestures of goodwill were limited. However, the joy of the US administration over the fact that it finally managed to drive a wedge into the relations between Ankara and its situation partners in Syria – Moscow and Tehran, is perhaps somewhat premature. Yes, and the price paid to them (foreign territory) for the Turks may seem insufficient, although their claims to the presence in Manjige are absolutely groundless. Clearly, those who announce the agreement on Manbij with Erdogan’s latest treachery towards Moscow are also in a hurry. The agreement was expected and would hardly lead to a revision of the planned course for Russian-Turkish cooperation on a wide range of issues.
Do not hide their disappointment the Kurds. Representatives of Rojava generally refuse to confirm their departure from Manbij, claiming that they are still there. And the leading Kurdish news agency Rudaw placed a material in which it proves the error of the White House’s stakes on stronger but unreliable allies, referring to Ankara and Baghdad, while neglecting the less powerful but more loyal Kurds.
The agency accuses both these capitals of anti-Americanism and the maintenance of “intensive military ties with Russia.” The last by the principle of established in the West shortcuts should serve as evidence of “treason.” It is even claimed that all Kurdish political forces are more “liberal and pro-Western”. With this statement, of course, one can seriously argue, and at the same time marvel at how easily Washington has taken Party of the Democratic Union (PDS)as one of its main allies in Rojava – the local branch of the leftist and authoritarian Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). If it were not for geopolitical interests, it is difficult to imagine more mutually exclusive ideologies than those held by the PKK and the American establishment. Well, the Kurds have yet to realize that the Americans have once again turned them into a bargaining chip.
However, in one the Kurds are right: to believe that the Turks, after gaining control of Manbij, turned out to be “in the pocket of the United States,” is short-sighted. Turkey in the region has its own extensive agenda, and the divergences it has with Washington are not limited to individual territorial concessions, but even at another’s expense. It is not only in Syria, but also in Iraq, in relation to Israel and the Middle East settlement, in the objective interest of Turkey in expanding economic cooperation with Iran and Russia. Before the election, Erdogan tried not to force these points. And after the almost guaranteed victory and the transition to the presidential system of power in the country, the Americans will still have the opportunity to marvel at how “the East is cunning”.
It is noteworthy that Erdogan speaks of elections only as “teaching the lesson to the West.” That is, he sees them in advance as a confrontation with NATO allies, and his future victory as a triumph over both internal opponents and the West.