Arab press: intensive Turkish actions in Syria; its behavior upset EU

Turkish occupation is intensifying its movements in the regions of Idlib, northern and eastern Syria, while Erdogan's hostile behavior prompts Europe to seek to protect its interests independently of NATO.

On Tuesday, the Arab newspapers discussed the Turkish moves in Syria, in addition to the repercussions of these moves on NATO

Turkish moves in many Syrian regions'

The beginning is with the Syrian issue, and in this context Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper followed the Turkish occupation's movements in the regions of Idlib, northern and eastern Syria, the newspaper said in a report, that the Turkish occupation established a new military post in the Jabal Al-Zawiya area in the southern countryside of Idlib, while preparations began to withdraw from two other points besieged by government forces in the south and west of Aleppo.

These moves were linked by the newspaper to other movements in the regions of north and east Syria, as it escalated its attacks on the region.

The newspaper added, "Monday morning, a Turkish military convoy entered the town of Kansafra in the Jabal Al-Zawiya area in the southern countryside of Idlib. It included armored vehicles, soldiers' buses, and military bulldozers loaded on trucks, bulldozers began digging, bulldozing and raising the earth mounds in the Tal Badran area in the vicinity of Tal-Badran town to establish a new military post for the Turkish forces, which is the third in less than a month in Jabal Al-Zawiya, south of Idlib, after the Turkish forces began implementing withdrawals from (observation points) in Hama, Aleppo, and eastern Idlib, based on an agreement with Russia to evacuate the points that fall within the areas controlled by the Syrian regime."

And explained, "In the past two weeks, the Turkish forces have established two new military points in each of the villages of Al-Ruwaiha and Belyoun in Jabal Al-Zawiya in the southern countryside of Idlib, which is under repeated bombardment by the regime and Russian air forces, and it is also preparing to evacuate its (observation point) in the area of" Tal al-Tokan »between the eastern countryside of Idlib and southern Aleppo, which is besieged by the Syrian regime forces, to dismantle their equipment in preparation for the withdrawal, and the Turkish forces continue to evacuate another point belonging to them in the“ Al-Rashideen ”area in the western countryside of Aleppo.

'Turkey's behavior shakes NATO up'

In turn, Al-Arab newspaper said: "The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold a meeting Tuesday of the foreign ministers of the member states to evaluate the work of the alliance and discuss the situation in the Euro-Atlantic region, amid deep divisions fueled by Turkey's war behavior that conflicts with the interests of Europe."

The foreign ministers ’agenda will include issues such as the evaluation of the “NATO 2030” vision, which was launched with the aim of strengthening the political role of the alliance, and the situation in the Euro-Atlantic region. Other topics on the agenda also include the latest developments in the Middle East, North Africa, the Balkans, the Black Sea region, and the eastern Mediterranean. It is witnessing tensions between Turkey and Greece and Cyprus.

Diplomats and analysts believe that the American withdrawal and the difficulties caused by the war behavior of Turkey, shake NATO and push the Europeans to equip the capabilities to move in order to defend their interests independently, but internal differences undermine their efforts.

NATO and the European Union, separately, began working to adapt to the new global situation. Who are the enemy partners? What are the threats? What are the means, gaps, and weaknesses?

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian posed a question: Does Turkey, which no longer respects the alliance's rules, still have a place in it? NATO members will discuss the matter in December, but will have to wait until January 2021 to obtain responses from the new US President, Joe Biden.

On more than one occasion, French President Emmanuel Macron criticized Washington's sudden halt of its support for the Kurds as well as the Turkish campaign against Syria, which are the two strategic decisions that were taken without reference to other NATO members, and Turkey views France as showing excessive friendliness towards the Kurds at a time when it demands All NATO countries support its position in Syria.

Turkey maneuvering for fear of sanctions'

Regarding the Turkish moves, Al-Bayan newspaper said: “Turkey continues its games in the eastern Mediterranean, as it pulled an exploration vessel to the Turkish port of Antalya a week before the European summit devoted to considering sanctions against Ankara, and these policies cannot deceive European leaders determined to put an end to Ankara's provocations. "

Turkey had withdrawn the ship from the disputed waters before a previous European Union summit in October to give diplomatic efforts a chance, but it sent it back later after describing it as unsatisfactory results from the summit.

It is scheduled to discuss the European summit two weeks later a decision to impose harsh sanctions against Turkey, due to its interference in Cyprus and Varosha Island, as well as its illegal drilling in the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Last Thursday, the European Parliament passed a draft resolution by an absolute majority, condemning Turkey, and calling for harsh sanctions, due to its provocative practices in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The draft stipulates the request of the European Council to maintain its unified position towards the unilateral measures taken by Turkey, and to take a stance and impose harsh sanctions in response to Turkey's illegal moves. The German newspaper Die Welt, in a report, said that strong pressure is pushing for the adoption of a first package of sanctions.



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