What do they say in Moscow about Ankara terror attack?

On February 17, Ankara has suffered a major terrorist attack, killing 28 people, mostly military personnel.

What do they say in Moscow about Ankara terror attack?

According to the Turkish authorities, traces of the organizers lead to Kurdish organizations in Syria. This version is supported by a number of evidence that Turkish authorities are going to transfer to embassies of the countries which refuse to recognize YPG and PYD as terrorist organizations. 

It is important to clarify one point, even if executors are known the question of who is the initiator still remains open. In this regard, analysts and political scientists have put forward different versions, on to whom it could be beneficial? Also, different countries are named.

A few days ago, the chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Vladimir Zhirinovsky (his party is represented in parliament for many years), in his statements almost openly declared about Russia's involvement in the terrorist attack in Ankara.

In response to host’s question, what will happen if Turkish troops enter Syria on the territory controlled by the Kurds, Zhirinovsky gave a very interesting answer. I want to give a few excerpts from his speech:

“At this time, terror attacks will begin all over Turkey. Government buildings, military camps will burn, everything will blow up. And who did it? We do not know. This was done by militants, possibly from Kurdish militia, and perhaps these are the Armenian militants. Greeks, Bulgarians, Syrians, Arabs. There are millions of them out there, and we certainly do not know where they got the explosives.”

Zhirinovsky also added that: “Turkey is in a state of agony, it is necessary to immediately occupy or bomb it out.” It is noteworthy that all this happened live on Russian state television. However, in today's Russia this kind of attacks on various countries or nations is a common phenomenon. 

Given that Zhirinovsky, along with the title of "political demagogue" also carries the title of "the Kremlin's mouthpiece", for many people his words have become a direct pointer to Russia's role in what happened in Ankara. 

I think the Turkish special services are taking the necessary measures to identify the executors and initiators, and are working on different versions and options. 

One thing is clear that, like 100 years ago, the Kurds are used and manipulated again by major powers. For some countries PYD and YPG are convenient covers for the implementation of their geopolitical interests in the region. 

Also, the position of some Western countries is raising concern, which advises Ankara not to fight against PYD and YPG and focus solely on ISIS. I think these countries come from the principle of "good terrorists" and "bad terrorists". Kurdish terrorist organizations are not much different from the jihadists, they also carried out brutal ethnic cleansing in the territory under their control, they also organize the attacks, but the West stubbornly fails to notice it. Such two-faced attitude to terrorism is not a new phenomenon, but it never leads to anything good.

As long as there are differences put between the extremist groups, the Middle East will not see peace.

Ali Hajizade, political analyst, head of the project “The Great Middle East”

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