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Russia Expanding Co-Operation with Turkey in the Middle East

Analyst weighs in on risks and highlights

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29 Sep 2017
Russia Expanding Co-Operation with Turkey in the Middle East
Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Ankara, Turkey on Thursday for meetings with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Their talks reportedly covered a variety of topics including the war in Syria, Turkey’s interest in purchasing Russian military equipment and the increasingly close economic, cultural, military and political ties between the two countries. Another area of mutual concern they discussed was the recent referendum on independance for Iraqi Kurdistan, with which both Ankara and Moscow have deep interests.

Here is a recent podcast in which the situation in Kurdistan is analyzed

Despite the cosmetic ties, analysts were quick to point out chronic differences preventing a closer alliance.

"Relations between Turkey and Russia may appear to be friendly, but they are loaded with contradictions and set to remain unstable in the near term," Pavel Baev and Kemal Kirisci of the Brookings Institution wrote in a recent policy paper.

Elsewhere, US ambassador to the UN Nicki Haley urged the International Atomic Energy Agency to push harder for access to sensitive nuclear-related sites in Iran, lamenting Russia’s apparent efforts to block inspections.

“If the Iran nuclear deal is to have any meaning, the parties must have a common understanding of its terms," Haley said during an address to the IAEA this week. "Iranian officials have already said they will refuse to allow inspections at military sites, even though the IAEA says there must be no distinction between military and non-military sites. Now it appears that some countries are attempting to shield Iran from even more inspections. Without inspections, the Iran deal is an empty promise."


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