Ankara must be wary of 'Jewish forces influencing Russia' despite S-400s – pro-gov’t columnist

Turkey’s acquisition of the S-400 missile defence systems from Russia is an important step towards independence for the country, after decades under the thumb of western powers, said Turkish journalist Yusuf Kaplan in a column published on Monday by the Islamist pro-government daily Yeni Şafak.

But Ankara must also be careful in its dealings with Moscow since “Russia cannot and will not take an inch of a step independently from Israel and the Jewish forces (in the United States), Kaplan said.

The S-400 purchase, which U.S. and NATO officials have warned could create a security breach in NATO defence systems, has been received as a decisive turning point in Turkey’s relations with its Atlantic allies.

The country is now almost certain to be expelled from the F-35 fighter jet programme, and faces the prospect of economic sanctions from the United States.

But for Kaplan, this is a small price to pay for a foreign policy that promises Turkey independence.

To achieve true independence, he said, Ankara will also have to watch carefully for traps from Russia, which could push it into a trap at any moment “through the directives of the lords of the global system”.

Kaplan said Russia owed its presence in the Middle East to “Israel and the Jewish forces in the U.S.”, so the Turkish government “should never overlook the ‘secret hand’” of these forces in its dealings with Russia.

“In a nutshell, the S-400s are going to have a deterrent function in terms of thwarting attacks aimed at our country. But this situation should not lead us to be dependent on Russia again”, Kaplan said.

“Turkey has been applying the strategy I call active balance strategy for three years. The active balance policy and the multiple choice foreign policy strategy will save us from being dependent on this or that power”, he said.