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Russia and Turkey compete and co-operate: expert on Turkey

Adam Michalski, an expert on Turkey from the Center of Eastern Studies, was TVP World’s guest invited to talk about Ankara’s policy towards Russia, Ukraine, and Syria.

Russian dictator Putin is on a visit to Tehran. In the Iranian capital, he met with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, and Ebrahim Raisi, President of Turkey and the second most important Iranian official after the Supreme Leader.

Such trilateral talks are an unusual format, which Mr Michalski points to as important information as to what the leaders will talk about. All three countries are involved in Syria, and they all have competing interests. Russia supports the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, Iran supports the Kurdish rebels, and Turkey, which itself has a Kurdish minority which is causing it a headache, just started another military operation against the Kurds in Syria.

Other subjects covered by Mr Michalski were the importance of the visit for the image of Putin and Erdoğan, Russia and Turkey’ transactional policy of competing and co-operating in Syria and Turkey, and how Erdoğan’s tenure as Prime Minister and President brought NATO from the sidelines to becoming a regional and power, and next year’s Turkish presidential elections


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