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Old 01-13-2018, 05:38 PM
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Originally Posted by Milky Way Resident View Post
These countries are no different from the West. They are getting involved in the ME to shift the balance of power in their favour.
Isn't that the purpose of all the alliances the US is involved in?
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Old 01-17-2018, 06:39 AM
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How can this be with the situation in Syria now with Turkish troops are expected to enter Syria, and Russia is opposed to this?
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Old 01-22-2018, 10:25 PM
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Russia and Iran have been aligned for some time (decades).

Turkey is a strange case. Its geographical position has it vulnerable to the West, but it is geographically and politically best aligned with Russia.

Its NATO inclusion always seemed to be a result of WWI and the Western threat to it rather than something that made sense for it.

Its in the West's interest to keep Turkey aligned with us for as long as possible, but that alignment has always been tense. The underlying reasons are another discussion.

My opinion is that both Turkey and the West have always seen the alliance as somewhat temporary, though I also hold that Turkey is likely very much powerless against the situation and doesn't have much of a choice in the matter.

Otherwise, we wouldn't risk keep nuclear devices on its soil. Remember that "Turkey", as a nation, is the result of our defeat of the Ottoman Empire in WWI.

A semi-official migration of Turkish political allegiance toward Russia would likely signify rough events on the horizon, but I don't at all feel that anyone who is in-charge would be surprised. I think that its more than likely that its seen as a natural progression of events.

Though, I wouldn't over-estimate Russia's allegiance to Turkey either; beyond what such an alliance can be used for in terms of military and geo-economic posturing (resource transportation, etc). In a way, Turkey and Iran are both political islands. If Russia could get by without them, or otherwise over-power them, then I believe that it would.
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Old 01-24-2018, 06:28 PM
Location: Finland
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Originally Posted by golgi1 View Post
Though, I wouldn't over-estimate Russia's allegiance to Turkey either

I doubt anyone does, as Russia and Turkey have been mortal enemies for centuries.
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