According to this analysis Erdogan cannot be trusted, ever.
Putin’s Russia accepted an apology from Turkey in respect of the downed jet in Syrian airspace. The story that Putin warned Erdogan remains a mystery.
No wonder Russia is preparing for “huge army exercises” calling up the National Guard and reserve divisions.
Never trust the West, in no matter what circumstance, as you can never trust the pope for his words.
This is the second of our twin articles offering different interpretations of the current political situation in Turkey and Syria. The first article, by Eric Zuesse, was published earlier today and can be found here.
In mid-July, President Erdogan pointed his finger at the CIA, accusing US intelligence of having supported a failed coup directed against his government. Turkish officials pointed to a deterioration of US-Turkey relations following Washington’s refusal to extradite Fethullah Gülen, the alleged architect of the failed coup.
Erdogan’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag was categorical:
If the US does not deliver [Gulen], they will sacrifice relations with Turkey for the sake of a terrorist”
Public opinion was led to believe that relations with the US had not only deteriorated, but that Erdogan had vowed to restore “an axis of friendship” with Moscow, including “cooperation in the defence sector”. This was a hoax.
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