Russia Keeps Its Friends Close and Turkey Closer
Two strongmen with grand geopolitical ambitions, Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, shake hands Aug. 9 in Konstantinovsky Palace outside St. Petersburg. Smiles aside, national interests outweigh friendship.
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Over the course of only seven months, Turkey and Russia have gone from ranking each other as public enemy No. 1 to catching up as old friends. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin seem to be treating the November 2015 shootdown of a Russian Su-24 by...
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