The Turkish government of Recep Erdogan seems to be being affected - as several analysts prophesied - by a kind of Ottoman imperial homesickness, which is producing a 'siege' to the Mediterranean basin, a fundamental 'road' for Eurasian and Middle Eastern trade. Oriente (with all the geostrategic connections that this entails), but also an area of desirable hydrocarbon resources.
Leveraged by the figurative decision to reduce the Hagia Sofia museum to the lowest condition of a mosque - even if open to non-believers, as is the case with the Blue Mosque, located a few hundred meters away - the Turkish government is developing its interests in various geographies of the Mediterranean basin, some of which have raised some reluctance from other states and the European Union itself. The Balkans and Libya are currently the most evident 'red zones'.
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