By clicking on the "Accept & Close" button, you provide your explicit consent to the processing of your data to achieve the above goal.
The Turkish government's current woes are the result of a series of mistakes, which have recently included the shooting down of Russia's Su-24 bomber and demands that the US back its position against the Kurds, the Washington Post recounted on Saturday.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government are facing a multitude of problems and have isolated Turkey internationally by believing their own hubris about Ankara's influence, the Washington Post (WP) wrote on Saturday.
The country is facing economic depression, terrorist attacks, a failure of its Syrian policy and a rebuff from Washington after demanding that the US back its campaign against the Syrian Kurdish YPG, one of the most effective fighting forces against Daesh, wrote author Liz Sly.
In addition, Erdogan has sought unsuccessfully to revive pressure on the United States to agree to long-standing Turkish proposals for the creation of a safe zone in northern Syria.
"Erdogan has mismanaged foreign policy because of hubris," Henri Barkey, a Turkey expert at the Wilson Center in Washington, told WP.
"He was overconfident in 2010 that Turkey was the darling of the world, and that went to his head. There are setbacks that are not of his doing, but how he managed those setbacks are his doing."
In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey, a Turkish soldier on an armoured personnel carrier watches as in the background a flag of the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, is raised over the city of Tal Abyad, Syria, Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Those setbacks include the US' waning influence in the Middle East, and the increased influence of Russia. The downing of Russia's Su-24 bomber was a "major miscalculation" that damaged relations with Moscow and resulted in sanctions targeting Turkish goods, transportation and tourism, Sly wrote.
Threats by the Turkish president to send troops in Syria "would risk a confrontation with Russia that Turkey would almost certainly lose," wrote the author.
The Turkish army is at war with PKK militants in towns in its southeast after a two year ceasefire collapsed last year, and "blowback from the Syrian war in the form of a string of suicide bombings in Istanbul and Ankara, most recently on Wednesday, has brought fear to Turkish streets and dampened the vital tourist industry."
However, Erdogan has put himself in a difficult position, Gokhan Bacik, professor of international relations at Ankara’s Ipek University, said.
"I’m not saying that Turkey has lost its mind and is poised for war, but the posture in Ankara is very strange and could lead to surprises," he said, and warned that "Turkey is facing a multifaceted catastrophe."
"This is a country that has often had problems in the past, but the scale of what is happening now is beyond Turkey’s capacity for digestion."
The fact of registration and authorization of users on Sputnik websites via users’ account or accounts on social networks indicates acceptance of these rules.
Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. Users are obliged to speak respectfully to the other participants in the discussion, readers and individuals referenced in the posts.
The websites’ administration has the right to delete comments made in languages other than the language of the majority of the websites’ content.
In all language versions of the sputniknews.com websites any comments posted can be edited.
A user comment will be deleted if it:
does not correspond with the subject of the post;
promotes hatred and discrimination on racial, ethnic, sexual, religious or social basis or violates the rights of minorities;
violates the rights of minors, causing them harm in any form, including moral damage;
contains ideas of extremist nature or calls for other illegal activities;
contains insults, threats to other users, individuals or specific organizations, denigrates dignity or undermines business reputations;
contains insults or messages expressing disrespect to Sputnik;
violates privacy, distributes personal data of third parties without their consent or violates privacy of correspondence;
describes or references scenes of violence, cruelty to animals;
contains information about methods of suicide, incites to commit suicide;
pursues commercial objectives, contains improper advertising, unlawful political advertisement or links to other online resources containing such information;
promotes products or services of third parties without proper authorization;
contains offensive language or profanity and its derivatives, as well as hints of the use of lexical items falling within this definition;
contains spam, advertises spamming, mass mailing services and promotes get-rich-quick schemes;
promotes the use of narcotic / psychotropic substances, provides information on their production and use;
contains links to viruses and malicious software;
is part of an organized action involving large volumes of comments with identical or similar content ("flash mob");
“floods” the discussion thread with a large number of incoherent or irrelevant messages;
violates etiquette, exhibiting any form of aggressive, humiliating or abusive behavior ("trolling");
doesn’t follow standard rules of the English language, for example, is typed fully or mostly in capital letters or isn’t broken down into sentences.
The administration has the right to block a user’s access to the page or delete a user’s account without notice if the user is in violation of these rules or if behavior indicating said violation is detected.