Erdogan may have lost Russia and the US, starting a dangerous game in Syria
ANKARA, (BM) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have pushed both the United States and Russia with his dangerous game in Syria, writes Turkish journalist Jan Dundar, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“For quite some time now, Erdogan has been playing a dangerous game, balancing between the West and Moscow. In the end, he seems to have lost both,” Dundar points out in an article for the Washington Post.
Closer relations between the Turkish leader and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Syria have spoiled Turkey’s relations with its Western allies, especially with the United States.
However, fighting in the last rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib, where the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with the support of Russia, killed dozens of Turkish soldiers, also exacerbated tensions between Erdogan and Putin, he notes.
“Putin realized that Erdogan has no other options besides Russia,” the journalist emphasizes.
Turkey’s western allies also refused to provide significant military support, as the Turkish president was confronted with a limited strategy while working with the Syrian government’s main supporter, Russia, Dundar writes.
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“The first reaction of the West was to remind Turkey of the unreliability of its new friend,” he adds.
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