June 28, 2012

Weak Turkey Suddenly Loves the West

Simon Tisdall, The Guardian

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The Syrian crisis gives Turkish leaders an opportunity to reorient their outlook, on the sounder basis of knowing who your real friends are, not who they might be. The US and Britain fall firmly into the first camp and so do most of the European Nato powers, notwithstanding the anti-Turkish sentiment encouraged by the unlamented Nicolas Sarkozy and some German soulmates. Russia is definitely no friend to Turkey, no more than will be Iran if push comes to bloody shove in Syria.

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