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Assassination boosts Russia’s leverage against Turkey: Analyst
[Edits for Brevity. --DJW001]
Marcus Papadopoulos, publisher and editor of the Politics First from London, told Press TV’s Top 5 that after the assassination of Ambassador Karlov, Moscow has more leverage to exert pressure on Turkey over Syria and other issues of difference.
“That (the assassination) will give the Russian government even more leverage over the Turkish government and that could be a good thing in the context of Syria,” Papadopoulos said on Wednesday.
According to the analyst, “Russia does have a lot of leverage over Turkey,” and “this year, President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan was groveling for forgiveness from President Putin” over Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane.
Russia, Turkey, Iran Trying to Resolve Syrian Crisis But There is a Key Obstacle
Although relations between Moscow and Ankara have recently been tested by the downing of a Russian bomber and the murder of a highly reputable Russian diplomat, it is the relationship between Turkey and Iran that is the "weakest link" when it comes to nascent trilateral efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis.
Professor Erel Tellal of Ankara University told Sputnik that Russia and Turkey will "work increasingly more closely together" to tackle terrorism. Turkish diplomats said as much during a recent meeting with their counterparts from Russia and Iran in Moscow, he noted. The assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov, who was fatally shot in Ankara on Monday, has also reinforced this trend instead of disrupting it.
The Geo-Political world could be changing, the prospect of Russia and Turkey forming an alliance is still a strange one. Where would this leave Assad? Turkey want rid of him, would they be willing to work with him under this alliance?
Good thing that the Syrian military remains loyal to Assad, even after 5 years of war. I think that possibility is not a realistic one.
I also don't know based on what did you come to a conclusion that Russia felt the need to reacquire the Baltic states, when they hold very little strategical meaning, at least in my opinion. It's Crimea that was always important for Russia, Baltic states, not so much.
I'm not sure if you guys are familiar with this, but Russia and Turkey have conflicting interests on Balkans as well. That being said, I do not see a possibility where these two countries can form a strong alliance, any time soon. This "friendship" that we currently see developing between them is nothing more than a mutual cooperation against the common enemy. We will have to wait and see if that's going to lead anywhere
Well, there is a long history of animosity between Russia and Turkey, in all their different guises. There still is.
originally posted by: TDawg61
Erdogan is a two bit despot.Hes jailed 1000s not even involved thereby silencing any opposition to his dictatorship.
NATORI would be well off without this flake who could start WWIII by himself.
originally posted by: DJW001
Right now, Russia needs access to the Mediterranean through the Bosporus more than it needs Iran as a client state. Although I have not mentioned it, there is also the question of where China fits in to the changing balance.
Relations with Turkey do not impact Russia's ability to navigate the Bosphorus. At the moment, Russia just needs friends, but the price does seem quite high in mayhem and disruption if the stories from Aleppo are true.
China does not fit in anywhere. They have no love for Russia either.