Frenemies: Putin and Erdogan


At a joint press conference in early December 2017, the presidents of Turkey and Russia the dramatic improvement in their bilateral relationship:

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Between August 2016 and December 2017, trade rebounded, the Turk Stream Pipeline is going forward, Syrian negotiations are ongoing, the Akkuyu nuclear reactor is under construction, and Turkey finalized a deal to purchase Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missiles.

Louf 1aThe goodwill between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin stands in marked contrast to the animosity after November 2015, when…

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