Peter the Great used to say: “Never trust a Turk!”


October 9, 2015

Kirill Voronkov

Translated by Kristina Rus

Tsar Peter I [Putin’s favorite Russian leader – KR] used to say: “Don’t trust the three: don’t trust a woman, don’t trust a Turk, and don’t trust a non-drinker.”

Turkey has always, throughout history, played on the contradictions of the interests of Russia and the West. And the sudden concern of Erdogan about accidental trespassing of a Russian fighter jet into Turkish airspace from Syria should not be taken as NATO’s sincerity. Such situations arise almost daily on all border territories worldwide. What can we say about those occasions, where there are military operations in those areas…

Turkey itself has offered a passage through its border to the radical Islamist groups to the Syrian territory. And even preceded their interventions with shelling of its artillery batteries. Let us recall the Kessab massacre in March of last year.

The fact that the operation of the Russian military-space forces in Syria inevitably leads to Turkey soon having to greet these groups on its territory, and will have to forever forget about smuggling oil from ISIS for 10-15 dollars per barrel. 

So let us not erase from the memory the advice of Peter Alekseevich — do not trust a Turk!

And the oil will gradually appreciate… even though the global press will link this to the reduction in drilling in the United States. But we will not trust this ‘woman’ either.

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