The meeting of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which took place yesterday in St. Petersburg, testifies to the readiness of Ankara to turn their eyes toward Moscow – a traditional counterweight to Western influence in the middle East.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Europe saw in the rapprochement between Russia and Turkey, Erdogan’s attempt to show that Russia could become an alternative to the European Union, which is critical of Ankara after an unsuccessful attempt of a military coup.
However, the publication notes that in the long-term interests of Moscow and Ankara are not the same, primarily because of its position on Syria and on the economy and energy. “That’s why it’s important to keep our channels open for Ankara,” said a senior official in the European Union.
Another source told the WSJ noted that Erdogan’s visit to Russia was an attempt to demonstrate the power, which seems bigger than it actually is”. In this case, both the source recalled that 75 percent of direct investment comes to Turkey from EU countries.
Western leaders believe that Turkey has the second largest army in NATO, will remain a strong ally of the West.
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