Putin, Erdogan have a deal on Syria
Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2016
Russia enters into a military alliance with a NATO member: a historic shift of immense proportions. The ball is in the court of the EU/USA now: to accept a new reality or to continue in the futility of new cold war, anti-Russian hysteria. Turkey, as many predicted has emerged as a pivotal power in the 21st century. Like Russia it looks both East and West and towards the unification of the “world island” as Mackinder termed it: a free trade area from Lisbon to Vladivostok no longer looks so far away. All this as Washington shifts towards Oceanic retrenchment and the vagaries of “containment” of China. We are not moving forward in a straight line but we are moving forward.
13th August, 2016
After Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg, Ankara says the next administration in Syria should be inclusive and secular so that everyone can live with their beliefs. This is as close as Turkey has ever come to accept that Assad has a legitimate role to play.