Washington Post: How did Turkey lose Russia and the West?

Selava Omar –

The Washington Post said that Erdogan has long played a dangerous game by walking on both the Russian and Western ropes simultaneously, but in the end, he appears to have lost both.

This month, while Russia and Turkey were on the brink of direct military confrontation in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed his Turkish counterpart Erdogan in the Kremlin, but Turkish writer “Jan Dundar” saw in an article for the Washington Post that the word “welcome” is an incorrect word.

A 120-second video clip broadcast on Russian state television sparked an uproar in Turkey, in the footage of Erdogan and his delegation waiting for a long time in the Kremlin before meeting Putin.

In this context, the Turkish writer clarifies that Erdogan and his delegation were not waiting for Putin’s meeting of their own free will, but rather they were forced to wait.

At one point, Erdogan got tired of standing and sitting, and the pro-Erdogan media indicated that Putin is known for his actions, but this time, Russian television was keen to send several cameras to document the scene, and with an hour countdown, it was simply an insult, According to the author.

Erdogan was supposed to be in Moscow to demand accountability. On February 27, Syrian government forces operating with Russian support killed 36 Turkish soldiers in northwestern Syria, where there were fears that Erdogan might declare war.

In the end, though, Erdogan chose to go to Putin to ease tensions, and what made waiting before the meeting more painful was Erdogan’s return from empty-handed Moscow.

The Turkish writer says that Turkey lost soldiers in an attack in which the Russians were partners, and in spite of this Erdogan went to meet the Russians, and confirms that this was just a final link in a complex relationship. Over the past five years, relations between friendship initiatives and outright hostility have alternated.

Turkey feels threatened now, as it has requested Patriot missiles from the United States, but the latter has persistently refused, and Ankara has begun to feel isolated by the West.

For a long time, Erdogan played a dangerous game: playing on both the Russian and Western ropes simultaneously, and in the end, he seems to have lost both.

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