Tuesday, 26 July 2016
"THE TURKEY-RUSSIA PACT THREATENS WESTERN INTEREST IN THE MIDDLE EAST" BY CON COUGHLIN FROM "THE GATESTONE INSTITUTE"!!
by Con Coughlin • July 25, 2016 at 5:00 am
The deepening diplomatic pact between Turkey and Russia represents yet another damning indictment of the Obama Administration's ability to maintain relations with Washington's traditional allies in the Middle East.
Western diplomats regard the decision by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to restore relations with Moscow last month as part of a carefully-coordinated attempt by Ankara to build a new power base in the region.
For decades Turkey, a key NATO member, has said that it wants to forge closer ties with the West, to the extent that Turkish diplomats insist that Ankara is still serious about joining the European Union.