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Commenting article: The Globe and Mail: Russia, Turkey Waging ‘Proxy Battle’ in Bulgaria

Russia and Turkey are fighting for control over Bulgaria’s Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) political party "in a proxy battle in their wider conflict", Victor Kotsev writes in an article for Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail published on Friday.

“The fight threatens to destabilize further the European Union’s southern border,” the author says.

The expulsion of a Turkish diplomat from Bulgaria and the subsequent expulsion of a Bulgarian diplomat from Turkey, and the setting up of a an-hoc committee in Bulgaria’s parliament to look into alleged interference of Russia and Turkey into domestic affairs suggest that the Balkan country “is on track to become the latest battleground in a rapidly expanding conflict between the two regional heavyweights”.

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Ivailo Ivanov - 12 Mar 2016 // 19:57:07

To fight and oppose Russian interests is part of the Turkish national identity. It is also part of the Islamic identity on the Balkans. Here in the coarse of history Muslim equalizes with Turk, even not being ethnic Turk.. the Pomaks are special case. Frequently in Bulgaria we called Turks all Muslims except the Pomaks.. The tactics of war allows false play, mimicry and various acts of diversion but in reality Turkish party can never be a pro-Russian party. This is in the context of Christian - -Muslim competition that never stopped here.

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Tania Oz - 2 Mar 2016 // 08:06:18

And also: neither Turkey OR Russia are fit to be trusted in any way whatsoever, for anything except their duplicitous and questionable ideals.

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Tania Oz - 2 Mar 2016 // 07:57:00

"The Turkish ethnic party is only Turkish and Islamic.. It ca not be Russian."

Take your blinkers off; everyone knows that the Turkish party in BG, likes to play an each way bet and take it up the rear end when it suits them. It is a very convenient way of business for them ;))

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Ivailo Ivanov - 27 Feb 2016 // 13:34:32

This paper is nonsense and misinformation. The Turkish ethnic party is only Turkish and Islamic.. It ca not be Russian. But here there are disagreement in the tactics. The Sultan Erdogan supports very radical nationalistic (separatist) and Islamic Turkish opposition in Bulgaria. The main Turkish population here is more secular, less radical and more or less connected with the European culture and future of Bulgaria. That is why the two of them are colliding.

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