Thursday, June 13, 2019

Newsweek "Turkey Turns To Russia and Not NATO for help in Syria"

Interesting headline:  Turkey Turns to Russia and Not U.S. or NATO for Help in Syria

"Turkey turned to Russia for assistance on Thursday after a group of militants began shelling a Turkish observation outpost in the Syrian province of Idlib.
The move comes as Turkey's relationship deteriorates with the United States and its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and as Ankara's military cooperation with Russia deepens.
"Given the lethal threat to its personnel, the Turkish command turned to the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides, requesting assistance in ensuring the security of its military and carrying out strikes against the terrorists' positions," Russia's Ministry of Defense said in a statement"
 One does wonder if their had been a hope that the strikes on the outpost would result in Turkey turning to the US for aid?
 Giving the US the justification for intervention? 
Also thinking about what 'interested' parties would want the Turkish/Russian cooperation to fail? (there is a previous post here covering that concept)

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