Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has urged the UNESCO to release its report on the restoration works in the iconic Hagia Sophia as soon as possible. Lavrov said that for Russia Hagia Sophia is particularly valuable from the spiritual point of view.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said that at least 78 Turkey-backed Syrian rebels were killed and dozens more were injured in Russian airstrikes on a military training camp in Idlib. Those targeted were in a camp belonging to Faylaq al-Sham, the monitor said, adding that it was the deadliest attack since the ceasefire came into force in March.
Putin said on Oct. 22 Russia and Turkey disagree about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but emphasized strong ties between Moscow and Ankara. Erdoğan "might seem tough, but is a flexible politician and reliable partner for Russia," Putin said.
It might already be too late to expect that a heartfelt conversation that would open the door to more constructive relationships, particularly after Macron’s announcement that NATO is brain dead. If Trump wins a second term, this will only accelerate the process. And NATO allies like Turkey will not see much reason to curb their ambitions.
Whichever foreign leader tries his or her hand in dealing with and instilling sense in Ankara feels, they are given short shrift sooner rather than later. The present foreign policy surfs on top of all these contradictions and an oriental sort of variable geometry. All business is transactional: leave it or take it.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Moscow has never viewed Turkey as its strategic ally, but instead calling Ankara a strategic partner when he was commenting on the clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh. “We have never considered Turkey as our strategic ally. It is a close partner, that partnership has strategic nature in many areas,” Lavrov told Russian media outlets on Oct. 14.
Let's try to fly over the most recent conflictual developments and keep in mind the question whether these set, now and finally, the definitive ropes for Ankara’s endless foreign policy endeavours.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has asked his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, to press Armenia to abide by the terms of a Russian-brokered truce in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Oct. 11. Earlier, the Turkish Defense Ministry said that the "international community should speak up against Armenia."
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Oct. 5 that the alliance is "concerned" about the consequences of the Turkish acquisition of the S-400 system, adding that the system can pose a risk to ally aircraft and can lead to U.S. sanctions.
Turkey is trying to procure European-made air defense systems and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan asked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to drop his opposition to co-production of Eurosam SAMP/T air missile systems, Elysee sources told Bloomberg. Macron reportedly told Erdoğan that Turkey must clarify its objectives in northern Syria before the request could be considered.
Russian FM Sergei Lavrov has said that Russia-Turkey joint patrol missions along the M4 highway in Syria have been suspended due to security considerations and will be resumed as soon as the situation in Idlib stabilizes.
Maltese Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo has said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin have replaced former Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi in the war-torn country. Bartolo said that if the ongoing eastern Mediterranean crisis is not solved with “careful moves,” “unforeseen consequences” might arise, just like in Libya.
While displaying empathy with regards to Turkey’s sensitivities, Russia is realizing that it will not be able to find a sustained solution in Syria without winning over the Kurds. This is a point on which Turkey opts to be shortsighted.
Delegations from the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) and the Popular Will Party on Aug. 31 held a meeting with Russian FM Lavrov in Moscow. Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement to express Ankara’s “concern” with regards to the meeting as SDC is the political wing of the SDF, which is regarded as a terrorist organization by Turkey.
Erdoğan is now threading the road the Arab regimes did during the 1960s and 1970s. His superior services to the Israeli and U.S. interests provide an immunity to the special agenda “print out” centered on Palestine.