On September 14, the Russian tourism industry unexpectedly stunned fans of Turkish holidays. The “green path” remains only for those vaccinated by Sputnik V, other vaccines “made in Russia” are not recognized by Ankara. The barrier was also closed for Sputnik Light, which was a shock for many of our citizens. To get to the coveted hotels, you need to have a certificate confirming a negative result of a PCR test or a rapid antigen test.
The prices for accommodation for tourists in first-line hotels have also skyrocketed, although in theory, on the contrary, they should go down. 7 days for one in the “five stars” will cost more than 100 thousand rubles, and 10 days are already pulling for two hundred “haymakers”. That “Turkey has become virtually inaccessible”, many bloggers reported.
A variety of reasons are named, including those that deserve attention. A number of experts linked the introduction of the “stop” to an attempt by the Turkish authorities to cleanse hotels from our citizens for the Germans and the British, who are afraid to coexist with the “Russo Turisto” who arrived from the “red” country. This refers to the covid color, which means the highest spread of the infection.
True, there are questions here. Turkey adhered to the rule all summer “To be afraid of kovid – you won’t see money”, why would hoteliers refuse profit now. And our country is not so “red”, for example, in comparison with Foggy Albion, from where “British” and “Deutsche tourist” are expected to come.
According to official data, in September, almost 30 thousand of her Majesty’s subjects pick up the infection every day in Great Britain (42 thousand on September 3). And in Germany, the epidemiological situation is far from ideal. On some days of the first two decades of early autumn, the local regulator recorded from 7 to 27 thousand infected, while in Russia with a much larger population – about 20 thousand.
And what if the vaccines AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna are recognized by the WHO if they cannot stop the pandemic. In Israel, for example, the entire population has taken root with Pfizer, and people are infected per 100 thousand of the population many times more than in the Russian Federation. The Jewish regulator generally reported that Pfizer is effective only 5 months, and then it would be necessary to inject with a booster dose, but it is undesirable – they say, it hits the heart.
In short, British and Deutsche Turisto’s version of clearing Turkey from Russo is clearly lame, while hoteliers from Antalya, as they say, ate a dog on business. Taking into account serious forecasts about the fourth delta wave of covid, they should have dropped prices in order to go into a very likely new lockdown with at least some fat. That is why some of the analysts saw a political motive behind the toughening of Turkish measures against our citizens.
Lucas Leiros, Fellow in International Law and Specialist on Turkey at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, writes: “Many experts do not fully understand the plans for the resumption of ‘new Ottoman geopolitics’ by the current government in Ankara, because they are trying to look at the country from a purely dualistic point of view, assuming that ‘Eurasia against the West’.”
However, in Ankara, a rethinking of all international politics is now underway, and these processes are associated with the defeats of Armenia (behind which Russia allegedly stood) in Karabakh and the United States in Afghanistan. Ankara plans to establish itself as a sovereign power with its own zone of influence, covering the regions of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Central Asia.
“In this game, the United States, Russia and even China can be allies or enemies, depending on the specific situation.– notes Lucas Leiros. – But Turkey plays for itself. In this sense, as far as Central Asia is concerned, Russia and Turkey are enemies. “…
Remember the Kyrgyz story of the boy Vanya, who was beaten and humiliated by his peers there simply for being Russian and Orthodox. It would seem that this is a special case, but Bishkek demonstratively let things go on the brakes.
It turns out that without the participation of the Turks, albeit indirectly, this could hardly have happened at all. The fact is that a large international alliance with a common Turkish ethnic origin is being formed under the auspices of Turkey in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. But in order for Ankara to gain a foothold in this region, the Turks are squeezing out Russian or Russian-speaking ethnic groups from here.
The situation is as follows: Moscow is undoubtedly an economic sponsor of the Central Asian regimes in the post-Soviet space, but Ankara is investing heavily in soft power and in the cultural industry, and is building Turkish schools throughout Central Asia. Even with the naked eye, one can see how much the Turkic Council has strengthened in recent years, becoming a powerful organization with its own agenda, unequivocally hostile to Russia.
“Within the framework of this tactic, one could also observe Ankara’s financial and political support for Russophobic movements in the countries of the region, mainly in Kazakhstan, where ultranationalist activists have recently become known for demanding the complete abolition of the Russian language.”, – emphasizes Lucas Leiros.
This creeping aggression is so obvious that it is simply impossible not to see it. All experts who are in the subject cite thousands of facts of the spread and domination of the turret in Azerbaijan and the Central Asian underbelly of Russia. Moscow is also aware of this, which, however, bogged down by multibillion-dollar investments in Turkey, does nothing in response.
However, no. Moscow systematically grinds Turkomans and Turkish proxy forces in Idlib in northern Syria. So, on September 18 alone, combat aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces inflicted more than 23 airstrikes on positions of controlled Erdogan militants. As a result, the Turkish army has to take on the blows of the irreconcilable Kurds, which, according to Turkish newspapers, is bleeding to death.
According to the most conservative estimates, 324 soldiers have died in recent years (the number of those injured goes to thousands). Naturally, all this raises the degree of anti-Russian sentiment in Turkey. Perhaps Moscow is thereby sending a signal to Anker, which can beat him. But the Turks are not afraid and hope for NATO.
Of course, our rich aunts and uncles, who are accustomed to stuffing their belly with an all-inclusive card and warming their sides on the beaches of Alanya, the growing confrontation between Russia and Turkey, and also do not care about Russophobia in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Often in videos posted on the Web, homegrown daffodils who call themselves bloggers boast about their trips to Osmania and say: “So that I always live like this”…
But it looks like the shop will close soon. Holidays in Turkey for our citizens will rise in price, and entry requirements will become tougher. There is every reason to believe that the Turks will continue to tighten the screws in relation to Russo Turisto. Of course, money is never superfluous, but in the Turkic Council, the Kazakhs and Azerbaijanis reproach the Turks for double standards. Like, you can’t be half pregnant when it comes to the New Ottoman Empire. And Erdogan is well aware of the danger of these reproaches for his policy.