Very little was written and said in Russia about the struggle between Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the “consortium” of Greece, Cyprus, Egypt and Israel over the large gas fields in the Eastern Mediterranean and over the corridors supplying produced gas to the European market.
Turkey has angered Greece and Egypt after it signed a new maritime deal with Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) that declared Turkey and Libya as ‘neighbors’ with adjacent coastal zones.
The third watershed moment for the GCC came on June 5, 2017 when Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, along with non-GCC member Egypt, severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.
In one of his speeches, President Erdogan gave a strong response to the condemning messages by countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Last year, following his visit to Egypt and before his visit to the UK, Crown Prince Salman gave an interview to The Telegraph, saying that Saudi Arabia can cooperate with Britain to disseminate “moderate” Islam.
If there is one single issue that has bedeviled Turkey’s relationship with the GCC and Saudi Arabia, it is Turkey’s past efforts to cultivate strong ties with Egypt under President Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government.
Looking back at the Arab spring, this same slogan was also heard in Egypt and other Arab countries.
The most recent indication being the rapid realization of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum established under the leadership of Egypt, Greece, Greek Administration of Southern Cyprus and Israel.
The short-sightedness of the US in the past led to their loss of arms markets of India and Egypt to Russia.
Greek Cyprus unilaterally declared a so-called exclusive economic zone (EEZ) by signing EEZ delineation agreements with Egypt in 2003 and with Israel in 2009.
Therefore, the Greek Cypriot administration is unlikely to swerve from its current strategy of lobbying to politically isolate its enemies by forming alliances with neighboring countries - namely Egypt, Israel and Greece - who if need be would do the fighting for them.
The connection between the Sahwa and the Ikhwan can be traced back to the 1970s, when members of the Ikhwan, who were under pressure in Egypt and Syria, densely migrated to Saudi Arabia, bringing their ideas to the Kingdom.
Being the sole representative of the anti-Arab Spring camp in Libya, which is backed by the UAE-KSA-Egypt axis, Haftar adopted an anti-Turkey policy since he began his coup d’état attempt.
The past decade and the Arab Spring provided multiple examples of Western governments completely failing to support legitimate democratic political movements in countries such as Egypt and Syria, or opposing the violent state and military responses that met those movements.