Lukyanov writes: “Europe is no longer the center of the world. Earlier, if Europe sneezed, the whole world caught cold. Now, however, three-fourths of humanity is simply uninterested in what ails these strange people with their oversized ambitions and diminishing ability to implement them properly.”
Below are excerpts from Lukyanov’s article:
Fyodor Lukyanov (Source: Russiancouncil.ru)
‘The Failed [Coup] Serves As A ‘Super-Vote’ Of Confidence For The Leader [Erdogan]’
“…During the past five years of changes in the region, Turkey has come into conflict with practically all of its key partners, gotten mired in Syria’s internal intrigues, confronted a sharp escalation of Kurdish dissatisfaction, and undermined its own economy that until then had enjoyed impressive growth.
“Turkish President Recep Erdogan apparently realized some time ago that the country was heading nowhere, and this is what prompted recent attempts at reconciliation with Russia and Israel. However, he needed a weightier pretext in order to extricate the country from the dead end into which he had driven it, and the attempted coup came as a strange but convenient gift in this regard.
“The failed attempt to overthrow the president serves as a ‘super-vote’ of confidence for the leader, blotting out his previous failures. He now has carte blanche to do what he had found so difficult to accomplish since the elections in June 2015. This primarily involves changing the constitution to transform Turkey into a presidential republic and entirely cleansing the state apparatus of disloyal or simply undesirable employees…”