Today, when Turkey explicitly breaks away from the Atlantic and refers to Eurasia, the Balkans are also undergoing important geopolitical events.
The Balkans focus on Eurasia
The title for our article we have borrowed from the expert in geopolitics and energy, journalist, writer William Engdahl (William Engdahl). Engdahl in his article published on the website journal-neo. org, notes that "the countries of Eastern Europe, especially Hungary, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, he kept his eyes fixed in the direction of Eurasia, primarily Russia and China" and "investments, which these countries are increasing in the Balkans in the framework of the new silk road project and other Eurasian infrastructure networks".
The article notes that this geopolitical shift in Eastern Europe should be read in conjunction with Turkey headed by Erdogan and Russia under Putin. Specify that these changes reveal the enormous contradictions within the European Union (EU) between Atlanticist NATO and pragmatic EU countries that are interested in economic development and security of their countries more than in the protection of the United States as a superpower, on the verge of bankruptcy.
The Balkan countries, "the Turkish stream" and nuclear power plants
The decision in response to the sanctions that the EU applied against Russia since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, Russian President Putin took as a professional chess player. He cancelled the project "South stream", which was supposed to convey Russian gas to Bulgaria through the Black sea, and declared that the new route of Turkey. The project "Turkish stream" was signed during Putin's visit to Turkey in October last year.
The project "Turkish stream" was an important mile stone in the orientation of Turkey in Eurasia. This project directly influenced the Balkans. Putin, who in February of 2017 visited Hungary, said the possible deliveries of natural gas to this country via the gas pipeline "Turkish stream", and on 5 July an agreement was signed. Moreover, there was also agreement on the construction of nuclear reactors in Hungary in the amount of $ 17 billion. Russia also owns a 51% stake in the company Nuclear Power Alliance, created in connection with the construction of nuclear power plants in the Czech Republic. As you know, Russia is building nuclear power plants in Turkey.
Last July the newly elected Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov during his speech at the regular annual meeting with the ambassadors of Bulgaria, noted that Bulgaria, in order not to remain only a consumer, ready to sign agreement on direct gas supplies via the "Turkish stream" through Turkey.
Serbia has signed an agreement with Bulgaria on the purchase of a ten billion cubic meters of gas via the Turkish stream. The President of Serbia, Aleksandar vučić, speaking at the 22nd world petroleum Congress in Istanbul 9-11 July, said: "the"Turkish stream" will be an important investment especially in the countries of the Western Balkans". It is known that Vucic is a supporter of building good relations with Russia and China.
All these events show that between the Balkan countries, Russia and Turkey are beginning to arise a new system of relations.
If we go back to the article, William Engdahl, he writes: "These agreements on natural gas and nuclear energy with the Czech Republic, Serbia, Bulgaria and Turkey terrified to Washington and give a signal about the disappointment of this region is politically bankrupt the EU."
If together with these events in the Balkans and in Eastern Europe, Germany will make more decisive moves, and staggering from side to side France away from the Atlantic and take its place in Eurasia, this will ensure the integrity of the "Europe + Asia".
Ali Riza Tasdelen
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