2 October 2022
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    Putin and Erdogan may meet soonTuesday 12 July 2022

    Putin and Erdogan may meet soon

    Russian President Vladimir Putin may meet with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the near future, the Kremlin said.

    Erdogan's game with NATO over Finland and Sweden: what he really wants / Melik KaylanFriday 8 July 2022

    Erdogan's game with NATO over Finland and Sweden: what he really wants / Melik Kaylan

    Everyone's wondering what on earth Erdogan is up to – first he impedes the NATO accession of Finland and Sweden, then he gives the go-ahead after apparently winning concessions on Kurdish terror allegedly hatched by expat Kurds in those countries. Or so it seems. The same Erdogan who defied Russia by selling those devastating drones to Ukraine. Is he pro-West or pro-Moscow? What's his game? He manifestly used the Finland/Sweden accession issue as bargaining leverage. What does he really hope to squeeze from NATO? For the answers, you won't get any real help from authentic Turkish pundits trotted out by big news orgs like the BBC. If they're based in Turkey, they can't be too candid for fear of being persecuted under Erdogan's repressive anti-media laws. And the on-site foreign reporters aren't much better since their HUMINT contacts are watched and the news media they read locally is muzzled.