News ID: 4048663 -
USF professor:

Turkey, Russia at stake for Anglo-American plots

TEHRAN, Aug. 02 (MNA) – University of San Francisco adjunct professor Filip Kovacevic believes that the Atlanticist military-industrial-intelligence complex is plotting to break up Russia and devastate Turkey for its geopolitical interests.

Some analysts say that the US and NATO strategists are planning to create a military conflict between Russia and Turkey to the benefit of their geopolitical interests. They believe that the failed July 2016 coup in Turkey was a planned attempt against President Recep Erdogan, who obviously was not ready to join the project to devastate the Turkish economy and turn it into a country on the verge of territorial disintegration.

At same time, we are also witnessing the US increasing pressure to isolate Russia by imposing sanctions and creating Russiaphobia.

To shed more light on the issue, Mehr News international desk correspondent Payman Yazdani sat with Filip Kovacevic, the adjunct professor of University of San Francisco, California.

Commenting on the reasons behind the US policy toward Russia, Filip Kovacevic said, “the history of Anglo-American (Atlanticist) covert diplomacy shows that they are masters at starting wars against their opponents using “the hands of others.” Russia has been marked as an opponent because it challenges the structure of a unipolar world dominated by the US and is the key advocate for the formal recognition of a multi-polar world. This is why it has to be brought down to its heals.”

About the ultimate goal of the US, he asserted, “the ultimate end goal is to break up Russia the way the Soviet Union was broken up, turn it into 10-15 weak states and thus take control of its vast natural resources. This process was well on the way in the 1990s with the secession of Chechnya, but was reversed by the policies of the Russian president Vladimir Putin.”

Filip Kovacevic who himself is among the experts backing the idea of the US and NATO plan to create military confrontation between Turkey and Russia, said, “Russia and Turkey have fought more than ten wars in the last four hundred years and so the Atlanticist military-industrial-intelligence complex thought it would be fairly easy to find a pretext for another war; the shooting of a Russian military plane by Turkey in November 2015 and the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey in December 2016 were precisely such trigger-points that were supposed to lead to a wider conflict. Cynically, Turkey was chosen to be sacrificed for the greater good of the West.”

He added, “however, the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan became aware of these plans, and because he knew well that a war with Russia would be devastating for Turkey, he refused to implement them. This commitment to the Turkish rather than the Atlanticist geopolitical interests almost cost him his life. The coup against him was organized by the Atlanticist military-intelligence structures and their assets in Turkey in July 2016. There are reports that the Russians helped Erdogan stay in power by informing him of the coup. If true, this can cement and extend the Russo-Turkish existing cooperation, especially in the military and intelligence fields. However, these trends are still very fragile and are very much in danger of being sabotaged by the Atlanticist covert activities.”

About the success rate of the US and the policies of its allies, Kovacevic said, “the Atlanticist foreign policy establishment, directed by Washington but also supported by London and NATO-Brussels, wants to have pliant subjects and not sovereign states in the Middle East. However, their aggressive approach of pushing for the policy of ‘regime change’ and ‘color revolutions’ has backfired.

He added that the US counterproductive policy has pushed the reluctant and historically antagonistic Eurasian powers into more sustained cooperation. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is the key regional organization in this respect and I expect that its importance on the international stage will grow exponentially in the coming years.

At the end, kovasevic warned on continuation of the US interfering policy toward Turkey and Russia, “however, as I pointed out, the danger for Turkey and Russia is far from over. There may be more attempts to remove both Erdogan and Putin from power and to make the two countries come to blows in the next 12 months. The presidential election in Russia is coming up in March 2018 and the protest movement against Erdogan in Turkey is getting to be more and more vocal. Both countries also have a very strong so-called ‘fifth column’ – the elite groups that, typically for financial reasons, work for the interests of the Atlanticist sponsors against the national interests of their countries. No doubt a lot of political turbulence is to be expected in the Russian and Turkish domestic affairs.

Filip Kovacevic is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Politics, specializing in geopolitics, US foreign policy, and East-Central European / Eurasian affairs. He is on leave from the University of Montenegro where he has taught since 2005 and has been appointed to the position of Associate Professor.

Interview by Payman Yazdani