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.
Turn on Turkish television on any given night, and it is likely you will meet eyes with a former general or admiral. At first blush, their steady presence as commentators on talk shows, as well as on social media, appears unremarkable.
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.
Since 2017, politicians and experts have been debating whether Turkey will buy Russian air defense systems despite US threats. Today, all these arguments have broken about the harsh reality.
The United States suspended Turkish pilots from training on F-35 fighter jets and demanded that they close the S-400 deal by the end of July.