Turkey

Why Isn’t Turkey Putting the S-400 Into Service?

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As we know, Russia and Turkey signed a contract for Moscow to supply Ankara with S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in 2017. On October 23, 2019, Rosoboronexport reported that Russia had fulfilled this contract ahead of schedule by supplying all elements of S-400 systems to Turkey, including missiles, and Turkey had fully paid for the contract. As a result…

What was the End Result of the US Attempt to Stage a Coup in Turkey in 2016?

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Five years ago, on the night of July 15-16, 2016, a group of military conspirators tried to unseat Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. The residence of the president was attacked, military vehicles took to the streets in large cities, and the insurrectionists’ aircraft carried out strikes on the parliament…

Will Washington Succeed in Toppling Erdogan?

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Recently, Sabah, a popular daily newspaper in Turkey, and a number of other Turkish media outlets enthusiastically reported about positive outcomes of the face-to-face meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Joe Biden in Brussels on June 14, 2021. According to them, the Turkish leader described their discussion as “sincere…

Erdogan Changes the Political Landscape

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At the end of June, one of the leading Jordanian news- papers, Assabeel, published an article about how Erdogan “is returning Turkey back to a leading role in the international arena”, and listed what the publication considers the most successful steps of the Turkish leader in recent years. In particular, it is noted that he defused a significant part…

Is Erdogan Reshaping the World at the Behest of Washington?

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On June 14, Joe Biden held his first meeting as US president with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ending a five-month wait for personal contact between the two leaders. The outcome and themes of this meeting were clear to all long before it took place, although Washington has been persistently emphasizing the cooler…

Why Washington Cannot Rein Ankara Back in the Western Orbit

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While there is a lot of enthusiasm in the Joe Biden led Washington regarding reining Ankara back in the US-led western alliance, it remains that the wedge that today exists between the two countries may be too wide for Biden and Erdogan to fill through their leveraging their ‘old friendship.’ For one thing, Turkey’s troubled ties with the US…

Could Army Building Save Turkey from a Crisis?

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Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (JDP), led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has seen a significant loss of voter support over the past three years since the 2018 parliamentary elections, according to a Turkish sociological company. Currently, only 34.1% of Turkish voters would potentially give it their votes if elections were held soon…

The US is Exacerbating the Rift between Turkey and Greece in NATO

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The conflicts between individual NATO members are becoming more and more difficult for the alliance to sweep under the carpet – especially one of its most noticeable “cracks”, which exists between Greece and Turkey. Against the background of deteriorating relations with Ankara, the White House has already stopped even trying to hide that…

Where Will Ankara’s Attempts at Geopolitical Balancing Lead?

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Today, when Turkey is experiencing serious difficulties in its relations with many countries of the Western world, primarily the United States and the EU, as well as the Middle East, Turkish President Erdogan is trying to pursue a policy of a circus tightrope walker in order not only to get to “solid ground”, but also not to fall into an abyss of internal and external conflicts. It is true…

So, Turkey and Israel Try to Befriend or Unfriend Each Other?

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Although Turkey was the first Muslim state to recognize Israel back in 1949, relations between the countries have developed in waves in recent decades. This is largely due to the fact that the rhetoric and actions of the leadership of both countries are based on the satisfaction of their electorates. Tensions between Turkey…

Why Turkey Reapproaches Egypt and Saudi Arabia?

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A major reason for why Turkey has recently approached Saudi Arabia and Egypt is how Erdogan’s ‘neo-Ottoman’ ambitions have backfired. If Erdogan’s plan was to stretch Turkish zone of influence from the Gulf/the Middle East to Africa, its aggressive and antagonistic pursuits have largely left it isolated in the region. With its economy almost exhausted, and its foreign policy…

Turkey Normalizes its Ties with Egypt

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Turkey, committed to creating a new balance of power in the Mediterranean, has in the past month continued its efforts to normalize relations with Egypt, which have deteriorated sharply since the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in the summer of 2013, following which the sides recalled their ambassadors. Of course, the restoration of bilateral…


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