Speaker Şentop who held talks in Skopje, the capital of Northern Macedonia made evaluations to the Anatolian Agency (AA) on the US sanctions resolutions, the ratification of the memorandum of understanding between Turkey and Libya on security and military cooperation, Turkey’s possible deployment of troops to Libya and the escalating racism and Islamophobia in Europe.
Şentop, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, noted that the sanction issue was a major threat used by the US for a long time, especially after the election of US President Donald Trump continued as “when he has trouble managing relations with many countries, he swings sanctions as a threat. Of course, you remember at first, when it was spoken about a year and a half ago, it had a little psychological impact. But since these threats are used so much such as we will, we are doing and so on their impact began to get lesser. First, I do not believe it will have an impact on Turkey in the economic sense. There will be no such thing”
Speaker Şentop who stressed that certain sanctions and embargos will not prevent and harm Turkey taken into consideration the diversity and alternatives especially in the field of defense continued his words as:
"I say this because Turkey is already before such a decision, without being bound to a clear decision, such a sanction related to the F-35, was not subject to an embargo? This is an F-35 project that we have been spending a lot of money from the beginning. But they said they would not deliver the planes. Isn’t it a sanction, an embargo again. Have we not experienced similar situations with respect to the unmanned aerial vehicle and Patriot missiles before? What have we done in return? Here comes the S-400 issue. Turkey has taken steps in a decisive way on that issue. Turkey is also concerned with evaluating alternatives on F-35’s. You know that. Turkey is not engaged to the United States or to any country in this issue.
Şentop who stressed that we live in a changing world, and we are not in the 20th century's two world-block design noted that Turkey has always alternatives in the multi-polar world. Şentop who voiced that sanctions and embargos would not have a negative effect in terms of the defense industry and economically for Turkey said, "There is only one negative effect that in terms of relations between Turkey and America and it will lead to an atmosphere that will damage these relations. If this is America's preference, if it aims to disrupt or damage their relations with Turkey, USA can achieve such a result here. But I need to specify that it's not possible to reach a result with embargos, threats and applications that disregards international law in today’s world. There is not an old world and there is not an old Turkey anymore.
Speaker Şentop used the following phrases on the approval of the memorandum of understanding on security and military cooperation between Libya and Turkey yesterday:
“This is actually the continuation of the agreement on the economic field that Turkey signed with Libya before. This is an agreement that strengthens and guarantees it. There is a government in Libya, which is recognized according to international law and accepted by the United Nations and many countries There is a former general who is fighting against this government with mercenaries. We know that this is supported by some of the Arabian countries.
Şentop indicated that there are news in the international media about the bombing of the Misrata city of Libya by the Egyptian planes for 2.5 hours previous day asked the question “In this way can there be any other state bombing the neighboring state's cities?"
Speaker Şentop continued as:
“In this regard, I think that the international community should also get attention. There is a group acting with mercenaries and fighting against a recognized, internationally recognized government. In this sense, Turkey is making a cooperation agreement with a government recognized by the UN and recognized by most of the countries according to the international law. This can be either in the field of economy or in the field of defense. I think this agreement should be seen as a complementary agreement Turkey has signed before .I think it will have a positive impact on the developments especially in the Mediterranean and North Africa.”
About Turkey's allocation of potential soldiers in Libya Şentop, evaluated that "This is a separate issue. That is not a necessary consequence of that agreement that matters. I think it could be debated whether there is such a need or not. In this sense, I do not think that Libya’s approved government is in need of soldier or support from any country at the moment. There is a different situation here just now.”
About the rising of racism and Islamophobia in Europe Şentop reminded that they have seen examples of this firstly in Europe and Australia and New Zealand before.
Şentop who stated that there is xenophobia as well as Islamophobia evaluated “Europe has been a culturally closed and monocultural structure until today. Maybe there is political pluralism, but it was based on a single culture. However, with globalization, the world has changed a lot. Not only the free movement of money and goods, but also the free movement of people and cultures are involved. Europe is essentially not ready for it because it has a culturally monist structure. Now he encounters different cultures intensively. "
Şentop who underlined that this density will increase further said that there are very important changes in the world population balances.
Speaker Şentop stated that there may be important changes in population balances within a quarter of a century added that there is a rapidly aging population in Europe, and that there is a need for a dynamic, young population that can work to turn the economy and run the social security system.
“This creates a vacuum in Europe," he said. "On the other hand, there are people who cannot live in their own countries because of the unrest, wars and civil wars triggered by the European countries. Again, due to the continuation of the economic order of exploitation, there is a very large mass that does not have minimum human living conditions in many parts of the world, especially in Africa. Therefore, these are looking for some places and opportunities where they can live their lives under minimum humanitarian conditions. So because of these changes in the population, I see that a multicultural, multi-religious, multi-lingual social picture is destined to emerge in Europe in this sense”.
Noting that Europe is not accustomed to this, Speaker Şentop continued as:
“So today there is a rising reaction in Europe in terms of xenophobia towards these different cultures, but especially there is a reaction against Islam and Muslims as Islamophobia. In contrast, there is a working group pioneered by Turkey, our president, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, where he led during the United Nations General Assembly held in Malaysia comprising Turkey, Malesia and Pakistan. This may expand further.
Şentop stated that the Turks in Northern Macedonia were celebrating 21 December Turkish Education Day and on this occasion he participated in the event as much as he can.
Emphasizing that the countries and societies in the Balkans, especially in Northern Macedonia, are not only important for themselves, but also for Europe and world peace, Şentop said: “There was a very serious genocide in Bosnia and a massacre against Bosniaks over past 100 years. The whole world witnessed these massacres with live broadcasts in front of Europe. Therefore, such a geography needs peace and stability. Turkey supports Balkans countries for the permanent peace, to be sustainable and in terms of ensuring economic and political stability”
Şentop reminded that Turkey was the first country to recognize North Macedonia when he declared independence and since that time, Turkey supported North Macedonia constantly during difficult times and its membership and integration process to Euro-Atlantic institutions.
Noting that there are very strong relations between the two countries, Sentop said, "An important pillar of these relations is the Turkish-speaking people who live here. They also serve as a bridge between us."
Speaker Sentop also congratulated the citizens of Northern Macedonia for their Turkish education day.