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F-16s Reveal Turkey's Drive to Expand Its Role in the Southern Caucasus

MIN READOct 8, 2020 | 20:19 GMT

The Turkish Stars, the aerobatic demonstration team of the Turkish Air Force and the national aerobatics team of Turkey, perform Aug. 30, 2015, during the ceremony marking the 93rd anniversary of Victory Day, at Anitkabir, Ataturk's mausoleum, in Ankara.

(Photo by MURAT CETINMUHURDAR/TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVI/AFP via Getty Images)

Confirmation of Turkish F-16 fighter aircraft operating out of Azerbaijan amid conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh illustrates Turkish commitment to challenging Russian hegemony in the Southern Caucasus. This will increase Russo-Turkish tensions, but these ultimately will prove manageable under Russian and Turkey's existing model for bilateral mediation and deescalation. ...

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