Turkey’s Erdoğan sticks with Putin, defies U.S.

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Another month, another meeting between Erdoğan and Putin.

  • Dimitar Bechev
  • Ahval

We have grown accustomed to this double act.

From Syria, to Europe’s energy geopolitics, to what pundits label “the rise of illiberalism”, the two strongmen roll on and on, to the consternation of European Union and U.S. policymakers.

Monday’s summit in Moscow gave Erdoğan an opportunity to strike a defiant pose vis-à-vis America.

He declared, for the umpteenth time, that Turkey’s purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile defence system was a done deal and…

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