Turkish and Russian troops are stationed directly in Syria, with French special forces also on the ground. There is therefore no doubt that questions of military security in Syria are important for these countries.
For more than a year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to defeat Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria. But every time something bothered him.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened the European Union that he will open the doors to Europe for at least a million refugees if his country does not receive further financial support from Brussels for their needs, and from the Un
Turkey’s economy has been in increasingly difficult straits for months, especially since the failed July 2016 coup attempt.
In recent weeks a dramatic escalation of tension around Turkish oil drilling rig presence in the disputed Exclusive Enterprise Zone surrounding EU member state Cyprus is taking place. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is claiming that Turkey has the right to drill not only in the waters off of Northern Cyprus, but also in waters far from there where Greek Cyprus has claimed rights. The actions, moving Turkish oil and gas drilling platforms into the waters, is creating a dramatic new clash in the energy-rich Eastern Mediterranean. The line-up of actors makes for a political Molotov cocktail of clashing interests that potentially pits not only Turkey against Cyprus and Greece, but also Israel and the USA, with Russia and China watching with keen interest. .
The European Union has suspended financial assistance to Turkey and interrupted the dialogue at the highest level. In a dispute over gas, the EU sided with the Greeks.