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6 Apr, 5 tweets, 1 min read
The open demarche of retired Turkish admirals against the plans to build the Istanbul Canal has de facto become a new stage in the latent confrontation between Turkey's old military elite and Erdogan and his pan-Turkist ambitions.
Arrests of the "noughties", an unsuccessful military coup in 2016, and now here is a similar open opposition, and in conditions when Erdogan indulged the military in every possible way for their support of his military-political adventures in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Karabakh.
But, apparently, relying on the army as one of the main instruments of Turkish foreign policy and increasing funding for the military-industrial complex could not ensure the full loyalty of the military to Erdogan.
The reasons for dissatisfaction, as before, are quite trivial.
Many Turkish military believe that Erdogan's course leads to the destruction of the legacy of Kemal Ataturk and pushes Turkey onto the risky track of pan-Turkic or Ottoman imperialism with the seizure of land and sea territories of other states.

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