First Brexit fallout: Turkey abruptly ends EU pandering and mends fences with Russia and Israel

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.

— Zerohedge

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.

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  1. And now that Falluja has been re-taken by Iraq, shall we now see Israel calling off her Saudi dogs? Is the House of Saud now standing by, motionless, with a dumb look on their face and a royal treasury in shambles? Did I just hear Assad popping a cork on a bottle of champagne?

      1. W sent me an email this a.m. saying the Daesh commanders in Mosul are already being targeted for roadside bombings and assassinations, a sure sign some of the Sunni tribes in the city are turning on ISIS. The Iraqi Shi’a militias Hash al Shaabi have already threatened to shell the Turks at their Bashiqa base outside the city if they interfere in any way with Mosul’s liberation by Baghdad loyal forces. That’s a very strong hint that it’s time for the Turks to get the hell out of Iraq ‘invited’ by the corrupt Barzani clan or not.

        1. Apparently the Daesh got too arrogant and blew up one too many mosques.

          Justice prevails. However hints of problems of Iraq’s future already exist with the suspected intent of Shi’ite Militias taking advantage of the situation to settle Sunni scores or carry out ethnic cleansing. It will be a long while before we can visit real-life locations of the Old Testament safely.

          ‘Been spending most their lives, shootin’ up the Mess-o-potamia.’

    1. Andy, Deb, Ken et al — it’s too early to say whether the Turks are cutting off the flow of jihadists and arms to Al Nusra and ISIS. However the capture of Manbij – FINALLY – by the SDF with US JSOC assistance can at least drastically reduce if not fully cut off the overland supply routes to Daesh from Turkish territory, or at least make it dis-contiguous which means the collusion between ISIS and the ‘moderate’ jihadis the neocons support would be obvious to anyone with a brain observing where ISIS is still getting gasoline/diesel food and ammo from even as the ‘Facebook Syrian Army’ fanboys like Kyle W. Orton or Michael D Wei-SiS still push the laughable story that Daesh primarily gets its revenues and supplies via trade with Assad-controlled territory.

      There is currently a multi-battalion sized battle going on in northern Syria between the SAA/NDF advised by the Russians and Ahrar al Sham, ‘Free Syrian Army’ coastal brigade aka AlCIAeda TOW jihadis and Syria’s local Al-Qaeda franchise Jabhat al Nusra. Thus far it looks like the Nusrats have been bragging about mostly phantom gains and the SAA have actually competently counterattacked with heavy artillery, a sure sign of Russian gunners in their presence plus the fact that RuAF Su24s/34s are close enough at the Latakia air base that they can reload and bomb two if not three sorties a day or night easily with rotating shift crews. So I’m guessing if the Tiger Forces can hold and better yet advance further to the northeast to cut off the last remaining roads to the rebel held portion of Aleppo and reinforce with battle hardened Hezbollah with spetsnaz forward air controllers raining hell on the Nusra/Zinki/Sham counterattacks and incinerating the trucks bringing up more TOWs/Toyota technicals then the futility of further Turkish support for their jihadis up north will be evident to all but the most fanatical Muslim Brothers/Saudi assets in Ankara.

  2. The EU is about to go up like a Roman candle. The flames of nationalism that Brexit has fanned will now have a bucket of wet sand pounded down on it. The people are not in the mood to take that, however, so Europe will erupt in revolution…

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/683739/EU-referendum-German-French-European-superstate-Brexit

    EUROPEAN political chiefs are to take advantage of Brexit by unveiling their long-held plan to morph the continent’s countries into one GIANT SUPERSTATE, it has emerged today.

    The foreign ministers of France and Germany are due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in what is being described as an “ultimatum”.

    Under the radical proposals EU countries will lose the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels.

    Controversially member states would also lose what few controls they have left over their own borders, including the procedure for admitting and relocating refugees.

    The plot has sparked fury and panic in Poland – a traditional ally of Britain in the fight against federalism – after being leaked to Polish news channel TVP Info.

  3. I think the Poles will now find an alliance with Russia, very attractive. Former distrust and animosity between them aside, the EU is now becoming the more obvious threat.

  4. If Putin is as smart as we know him to be, he would use that apology letter as toilet paper – for a close aide’s pet dog.

    Sure he will do agreements with Turkey, but not before ensuring those agreements are heavily in favor for the New Silk Road project and the Eurasian Alliance as well as for Russia’s benefit in the military sphere. One of those agreements would be the final nail in the coffin of the Daeshbags, and any other scumbag ‘moderate rebels’ as well as turn over all intelligence to FSB about Turkey’s involvement with the Takfiri militants, as well as its connections to western intelligence, evidence of western involvement in the failed takeover of Kazakhstan (for starters), and then use them as blackmail and arm twisting in the future.

    Western intelligences might recognize this and would move to serve Erdogan the ‘burn notice’ i.e. assassinate him in a manufactured coup. Look out for possible ‘genuine’ Turkish military coups with western intelligence fingerprints.

    So far the reason why SAA has been having a bad week according to Southfront is the endless stream of militant recruits, while the 5 year long war has been attrition of the ranks of the SAA. Any agreements that forces Turkey to stop the flow would be of help, and hopefully not too late for those still under siege.

    Putin having worked in the KGB, now FSB, would know a thing or two about 2 faced, spineless slime that are ready to change loyalties like a light switch. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Russian meeting with Erdogan behind closed doors turn out to be a true FSB interrogation publicized as ‘negotiations’.

  5. This pipeline carrying Israeli gas must then be slated to route through Lebanon (and Hezbollah?), then Turkey and on to southern Europe then. Or else a very large backroom deal has been made regarding Syria? A submarine route across the Mediterranean is most likely out of the question because of plate tectonics and seismic considerations. What of the rival Qatari or Iranian projects to supply gas to Europe, let alone South Stream or the American backed route from the Caucasus? Have the major players cut a deal on areas of influence and Turkey has been told where it will fit and what it will do under a new relationship between the major actors, mainly Russia and America?

  6. Interesting and potential FALSE FLAG at Ankhara Airport today… one day after Turkey pivots towards Russia.

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