Russia activates “sleeping cell” in Turkey as Vatan party speaks up

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A real bolt from the blue was a recent presentation of the “Black Sea-Mediterranean Plan for Friendship and Peace” by the Turkish Vatan party. The political force, which is not represented in the Turkish Parliament, proposes to recognize the occupied Crimea as Russian territory; strengthen cooperation with Russia in the framework of building up the West Asian alliance; get rid of U.S. and NATO military bases in Turkey; urge the international community to recognize the Republic of Northern Cyprus and Abkhazia, etc.

It should be noted that at the party’s meeting, where the Plan was announced, heard an address by a so-called chair of the education, science and youth policy committee at the Crimean Tatars Council under the head of Crimea, Lemara Selendili. The woman spoke about “wonderful changes” that literally flooded the peninsula Crimea after it was taken over by Russia.

According to Ms Selendili, the occupied Crimea is seeing — imagine that — an improved supply of fresh water and electricity, as well as positive shifts in the economy.

It might seem weird that a Turkish party would spin such absurd delusional narratives. After all, Turkey has never recognized the occupied Crimea as Russian territory, and has always focused on social and economic problems raging in the seized region.

Vatan (Fatherland) has got this name in 2015 after being renamed from “Workers’ Party”, which had been fighting for the rule of the Turkish working class and peasants, pretty much repeating communist slogans…

Let me remind you that the very idea of a party named “Fatherland” is a Russian GRU-led project of international importance. The party with the same name (“Rodina” in Russian) was initially founded in Russia. One of its most famous members was Dmitry Rogozin.

In Ukraine, there was a similar “Rodina” party, set up as an association in 2007 and registered as a political party in 2008. Until 2014, it had remained a GRU-handled sleeping cell before being activated at the onset of Russian aggression in 2014.

The party’s supervisors were GRU operatives operating under the diplomatic cover of the Russian consulate in Odesa. The upper level of control came from the GRU’s “rezidentura” in Transnistria, the territory poised to become the main supplier of weapons to the pseudo-republic in southern Ukraine had Russian agents succeeded in creating it.

The Turkish variant of Fatherland not only echoes the Kremlin’s narratives regarding the occupied Crimea, but has also clearly upped its agenda in connection with Turkey’s successes in Libya. The fact that the cell is so straightforward in its sudden reactivation suggests that Russian agents are intensifying their efforts in Turkey including to weaken its actions at external borders, by amplifying internal issues.

And therefore, the latest move by the Vatan party is not so much a stone thrown into the Ukrainian backyard but rather a step by Kremlin puppets targeting Ankara and its ambitions on the bridgeheads that are important to Moscow where it remains very difficult for Russians to compete with the Turks. And this should be a wakeup call for Turkish security agencies as Russia has already launched its hybrid scenario.

Alexander Kovalenko

Post Author: Intercourier

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