Putin’s Envoy & The American message To Erdogan


Mey Alsayegh

Aljoumhouria – Beirut

July 18  2016

So far,ambiguity dominates the scene in Turkey that succeeded in overcoming the coup in its first hours.  Rumors spreaded and some go far in accusing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan of plotting the coup to enhance his power and control over the Turkish State.

Most of Turkish citizens mocked of this accusation, pointing out that US intelligence fingers were behind the plot and believe that the exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, Erdogan’s  longtime foe, masterminded the coup, and since this coup came at the moment of normalizing relations between Turkey and Russia and that disturbed Washington.

In the eyes of a large number of Turks, Gulen is considered as a subcontractor for American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Erdogan accused him of masterminding the failed coup.

Gulen, who is living in Pennsylvania and leads a popular movement called Hizmet, denied the claims and did not rule out that Erdogan may stand behind the coup.

Turkish Mp Egmen Bagis, and former minister for EU Affairs, considered that Gulen’s claim that not him but Erdogan is behind the coup attempt is not only ridiculous but also an insult to the logic of ordinary people.

Bagis told Aljoumhouria Newspaper in Beirut ” :Erdogan is the elected president and is party is in power with the support of a huge majority in Turkey. Gulen and his brainwashed and fooled lunatic followers are the ones who have been trying to gain the control of the government thru undemocratic means since 2013. Most of the military members who took part in the failed coup attempt were involved with him or his people in some way. Only sworn opponents of President Erdogan would fall into to the illogical traps of the Gulenists. Even the leaders of all opposition parties in the parliament have united with our party in overcoming the threats of FETO Terorist organization”.

Professor Sencer Imer at Hacettepe university in Ankara agreed with Bagis that It is impossible that Erdogan has masterminded the coup.

Professor Imer pointed out to  the statement issued  by the National Security Council that considered Gulen organizations as terrorist and rooted in the judiciary and the armed forces and government departments.

He clarified to Aljoumhouria Newspaper in Beirut that this coup failed because it was masterminded by amateurs, If we compare it  to May 1960 and September 1980 coups, even its timing at night and not in the early hours of the morning and done in a hurry way,and it lacked a plan to communications interruption.

Furthermore, the Air Force took the lead without sufficient number of troops on ground,  and it was  clear that the majority of the Turkish army did not provide cover for this group, and the cooperation of the military with the elected government led to the failure of the coup, and helped Erdogan to overcome it.

Professor Imer pointed out that Russian envoy Alexander Dugin was on Thursday July 14 and Friday July 15 in Ankara, to speak with responsible and govermental people to prepare the meeting of Erdogan and president vladimir Putin at the beginning of August and to establish a long term relationship between Turkey and Russia.

Professor Imer was present at Dugin speech and at the reception after that. Dughin made a very interesting and constuctive speech on last Friday in Hotel Rixos in Ankara between 15 and 16 hour and he left Turkey after speaking with deputy prime minister of Turkey Numan Kurtulmus in evening.

Professor Imer said: “It is strange that the Russian envoy left, after meeting with Kurtulmus on Friday evening and apologized for not staying to Saturday  and left within hours before the coup occurred. I think he had received information that he should leave”.

Professor Imer didnot not rule out that Americans are not happy by Turkey’s quest to be a strategic partner with Russia and being at the same time within NATO, stressing that his country is supposed to maintain a balance in its foreign policy and to ensure this balance.

He added: “ there is a high possibility that the coup is a message from the Americans, to warn the Turks, to reduce cooperation with the Russians, especially after the Turkish suggeted postponing deploying fleets for Nato in the Black Sea to October due to Russain request “.

Professor Imer criticized the mistakes that were comitted at the Coup night and calling from mosques people to go to the streets to support the government,  saying that we cannot put civil society against those holding weapons and called for punishing them according to ethical satandards.

Professor Imer concluded: “It is neither ethical nor human to arrest  soliders naked in this form, put them on top of each other in a room,  without respecting  their human dignity, they should be sentenced and to avoid creating provocations and not to repeat ousted President Mohamed Morsi did, and putting people in the face of each other and increase the polarization in the society”.





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Mey Al Sayegh

Mey AL Sayegh
Senior Correspondent and International news editor@ ALjoumhouria newspaper

I work as a senior international news editor and correspondent at Aljoumhouria newspaper (Lebanese Arabic daily). In my articles, I focus on international conflicts and development, diplomatic issues and conduct interviews with foreign ambassadors to Lebanon and senior officials.
At the technical level, I am qualified to use computer and research engines properly and I am active on social media as well.
My native language is Arabic and most of my articles are written in this language. I also write articles and analysis in English language for SFPA, SAC- Slovakia think- tank.
I believe that the expert in anything was once a beginner, that what I learned from my experience as a journalist since 2007.I realized that being passionate of my work and the high sense of responsibility are the key points in my success. I walked my way bearing in my mind that my articles (English &Arabic) should not be boring or written in a press release form; they should reflect a human sense.
In parallel, I developed a wide network of public relations and been very active in advocating voluntary for the causes I believe in, even though it was not part of my daily tasks at Aljoumhouria newspaper and Tatwir Center for Studies.
As a result, I have been invited to a large number of countries to cover different topics, ranging from international politics (Geneva 2 on Syria) to development issues, and appointed as a member of Media network for Blue peace in the Middle East.

A list of most important certificates i have got from United States Department of State(International visitor Leadership Program June 16- July 4 2014)
Media for development program (2012-2013)
Reporting the EU training (2013-2014)

Senior Correspondent
Aljoumhouria newspaper
January 2014 – Present (2 years 3 months)missions abroad
The Geneva II Conference on Syria coverage- for ALjoumhouruia newspaper (January - February 2014 )
The Reform process in Jordan coverage - exclusive invitation from His Royal Highness prince Alhassan Bin Talal.(February 2014)
1 honor or award
Senior international and diplomatic news editor
Aljoumhouria newspaper
January 2011 – Present (5 years 3 months)zalka
January 2011 to date
Head of International news department/ Aljoumhouria newspaper ( http://www.aljoumhouria.com/)
- News reporting, Feature writing, Investigative reporting,
Editing, Research and Fact- checking, Conducting interviews
- Covering international and regional conferences

April 25 - May 10 2012
-Conducted Training for editors @ Aljoumhouria website

December 2013 to date
Freelancer -Conducting researches and interviews / Tatwir Center for Studies – Beirut- Lebanon
http://tatwir.net/ ( Arabic – English)

June 2012 till June 2013
Freelancer writer at Slovakian media (Blizkyychod Media)
(articles covering middle east issues written in English(

June 2013 to date
Freelancer writer at think- tank SFPA, SAC- Slovakia (English language)

May 2007 –September 2009:
International news editor - Al-akhbar newspaper – Verdun
Lebanon (http://www.al-akhbar.com/)

- International visitor leadership program on Investigative Journalism /United States of State of Department(July 4 2014)

- Media neighborhood training – BBC /Reporting the European Union (May 2014)

- Multimedia and social network /Agence France-Press AFP, Canal France International (CFI), UNDP , Montpellier ,France(October 2013)

Member at Lebanese Editors Syndicate
- Investigative Reporters and Editors - IRE
( June 9, 2014 – June 2015)
- Blue peace Media Network

Workshops and conferences:
April 2011-till 2013
- Media for Development workshop /UNDP /AFP (Training sessions/ field visits / Sarajevo conference on civil war)

March 2013 to present:
- Blue peace conferences - Istanbul, Jordan, Geneva.
- Field trips :The Rhine river - Switzerland - September 2013/ Mekong river in Cambodia and Laos- November 2014/ Senegal river -August 2015

June 2013 / February 2014
- The 5th Wana Forum (The Uprooted) - Jordan.
- Reform process in Jordan.

November 2013
Coverage of Regional and Municipal elections and Green Economy in Denmark