Volodin in Turkey thwarted Western attempts to “diplomatically isolate Russia”

Speaker Viacheslav Volodin and his Turkish counterpart Mustafa Sentop agreed to build a multipolar world

Speaker Viacheslav Volodin and his Turkish counterpart Mustafa Sentop agreed to build a multipolar world

A photo: Edward CHESNOKOV

The heart of the capital of Turkey, almost like our Red Square, is the Mausoleum of Ataturk. Cyclopean memorial in honor of the founding father of the current Republic, similar to ancient Roman temples. And at the entrance to the complex there is a flagpole with the national flag, which is low today, about 30 meters. And a sign that this architectural element was made in 1950 … in the USA.

It was a direct reflection of the then international situation, when Turkey was a faithful satellite of the States, which deployed “anti-Soviet” reconnaissance aircraft and medium-range missiles on its territory.

But in 2013, the same museum plate notes, the historical flagpole was replaced with a new one, outwardly the same. Where it was made is not reported, but, presumably, already in Turkey. For its leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is increasingly dissociating himself from the West, playing his own game. Either it orders Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems instead of overseas Patriots, or it refuses to accept Sweden into NATO if it does not extradite Kurdish emigrants suspected of plotting terrorist attacks against the Republic.

So the rapprochement between Moscow and Ankara – after all, both advocate similar positions: “we live by our own mind, Uncle Sam, don’t point it out” – did not begin today or yesterday. But even here the visit of our deputies to Turkey through inter-parliamentary relations on December 12-13 became a sensation. After all, after February 2022, the West is making incredible efforts to diplomatically isolate Russia. And here – one of the world’s leading players officially receives us in his capital.

Moreover, as they would have written in Komsomolskaya Pravda 50 years ago, “in an invariably warm and friendly atmosphere.”

Deputies of the State Duma headed by Vyacheslav Volodin in front of the Mausoleum of Ataturk in Ankara

Deputies of the State Duma headed by Vyacheslav Volodin in front of the Mausoleum of Ataturk in Ankara

A photo: Edward CHESNOKOV

Negotiations between the speakers of the two parliaments – the State Duma and the Turkish Grand National Assembly (GNA) – have been going on behind closed doors for more than an hour. Finally, a joint statement:

“The friendship of our presidents played a big role in strengthening our contacts,” begins the owner of the site, chairman of the VNST, Mustafa Shentop. — Relations between our countries affect both the region and the whole world, which is now gradually moving from unipolarity to multipolarity.

According to the Turkish speaker, a concrete example of this is the recent Istanbul Grain Deal involving Russia and Turkey, which unblocked maritime food exports from Ukraine.

In turn, Volodin, in his response, points to other points of contact between the two powers:

“We, like our colleagues from the Turkish parliament, believe that it is necessary to build a world without double standards, on the basis of trust, non-interference in the affairs of sovereign states, so that each country has the opportunity to preserve its traditions, history, culture, language.

The speaker especially notes the 110% increase in mutual trade and the huge flow of Russian tourists to Turkey, which means that our citizens are treated well here.

– We [Россия и Турция — ред.] we do not interfere in each other’s affairs – this is the basis for building our relations in the future, – sums up the Chairman of the State Duma.

And in conclusion, he adds that the possibility of holding an inter-parliamentary conference on regional security with the participation of speakers of the parliaments of Russia, Turkey, Iran, Syria, China and Pakistan in the coming year is being considered. The last time such an event was held before the pandemic, in the fall of 2019. It’s time to resume dialogue in opposition to all sorts of “American formats” that only sow discord between neighbors in Eurasia.

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