General Ivashov: Erdogan will give the order to attack the Crimea in the event of a war between Russia and Ukraine
In the event of a war between Russia and Ukraine, Turkish troops will be ordered to immediately attack Crimea.
In his address to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the former head of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Colonel General Leonid Ivashov, said that in the event of military clashes between Russia and Ukraine, the Turkish President would immediately give the order to attack Crimea. According to Ivashov, for this, Erdogan will be ready to use the entire military fleet available to Turkey, which surpasses the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy, as well as two desert armies.
“President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has clearly stated which side Turkey will fight on. And it is quite likely that the two desert armies and Turkish navy will be ordered to “liberate” Crimea and Sevastopol ,” Ivashov said in an address to the Russian leader.
Moreover, according to Ivashov, there is also a very serious risk that Turkey may try to attack the Caucasus as well. However, Erdogan himself will take such steps, probably depending on the developing situation, since it is quite obvious that he is aware that in the event of minor clashes with Ukraine, Russia will have the opportunity to work in several directions at once and the Turkish fleet, as well as Turkish army will be destroyed in just a few hours.
It is noteworthy that Turkey has previously repeatedly stated that it does not recognize Crimea as part of Russia, and in a number of provocative statements, the Turkish side even offered Kiev to help “liberate” the peninsula.