“This is a difficult chess game”
Putin and Erdogan discussed Russian proposals on security guarantees over the phone. This step can be seen as a logical continuation of Putin's so-called ultimatum to the West. As evidenced by these negotiations and what to expect from them, MK learned from the experts.
Despite NATO membership, Turkey supports Russia on some issues, says the editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine Igor Korotchenko. Despite this, we supply the Turks with military products, such as the S-400 air defense system. The project of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant has been implemented and the Turkish Stream gas pipeline has been built. “But in some ways our interests diverge, and this is a normal situation,” he added.
Korotchenko noted that our country and Turkey have a different position on Syria, on Libya. Turkey supplies Bayraktar drones to Ukraine. “But modern diplomacy is not black and white. There is a rather complicated and multipolar situation in which Russia interacts with Turkey. This is a difficult chess game, “he added.
Military expert Yuri Lyamin largely agrees with this. But he shifted the emphasis a little, saying that “Turkey is pursuing a very aggressive foreign policy, which clashes with ours on various issues at once. Therefore, we can expect possible unpleasant events in different directions. ” These are, for example, increased influence in Central Asia and even larger arms deliveries to Ukraine. “Despite active economic and other ties with Russia, we must not forget that Turkey remains a NATO member,” he summed up.