The Moscow Times-- The Russian president Vladimir Putin broke the accepted diplomatic protocols and has personally summoned the Turkish ambassador to Moscow, Mr Ümit Yardim, and warned him that the Russian Federation shall sever the diplomatic relations immediately unless the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stops supporting ISIS rebels in Syria, where Russia holds its last navy base in the Mediterranean sea.
The Russian president purportedly went into a long diatribe criticizing the Turkish foreign policy and its malevolent role in Syria, Iraq and Yemen by supporting Saudi-backed al-Qaeda terrorists, reported the Moscow Times, which escalated the conversation with the Turkish ambassador to a fierce polemic.
According to leaked information obtained by The Moscow Times, the meeting between the Mr.Putin and theTurkish ambassador was imbued with intense mutual resentment where Mr. Yardim has repudiated all Russian accusations, laying blame on Russia for Syria's bitter and protracted civil war.
"..then tell your dictator president he can go to hell along with his ISIS terrorist and I shall make Syria to nothing but a 'Big Stalingrad' , for Erdoğan and his Saudi allies are no (less?) vicious than Adolf Hitler," replied Vladimir Putin in the 2-hour closed door meeting with Turkish emissary.
How hypocritical is your president as he advocates democracy and lambastes the military coup d'état in Egypt, added Mr. Putin, and he simultaneously condones all terrorist activities aimed to overthrow the Syrian president! The Russian president continued by saying that his country won't abandon Syrian legitimate administration and will cooperate with its allies, namely Iran and China, to find a political solution to Syria's interminable civil war which descended the 23-million Arab nation to an utter ethnic and religious anarchy.
Isn't irony fun? President Putin calling anybody a hypocrite is pretty amazing. He's right, of course, Erdogan has been playing games with ISIS. What is disconcerting here is that this story was leaked. There is a good chance that Mr Putin wanted it to go public, as though he is setting the stage for something. Mr Putin will not tolerate loss of Russia's only naval base on the Mediterranean should Syria fall to unfriendly powers. That was one reason Mr Putin 'assisted' Crimea into coming into the Russian fold. Crimea's Sevastopol is Russia's only naval base on the Black Sea.
This drama comes on the heels of rapidly deteriorating relations between the two countries. Recently, Erdogan complained that Russia's takeover of Crimea was a military action and undemocratic.
I don't know if that was the start of it, or if there was some other prelude. I read somewhere today, that the Russian military was ready to help the Syrians. It seems to have disappeared off the web, but it was also a little disconcerting.