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'Putin's Rasputin' pushes Russian alliance in parliament visit to AKP

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party formally met with the Russian president’s special adviser Alexander Dugin, who was busy nurturing the seeds of Turkish suspicion of the United States long before the attempted coup and is now massaging the party's relations with Russia.
People are pictured outside the parliament building in Ankara, Turkey July 16, 2016, after an attempted Turkish military coup.     REUTERS/Tumay Berkin - RTSI91O

Today’s guest roster at the Turkish parliament offered an intriguing glimpse of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “New Turkey.” While Western ambassadors in Ankara showed solidarity with the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) over the detentions of its leaders, in a nearby chamber the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was hosting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special adviser Alexander Dugin.

Posing for photographers with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, the militantly anti-American Russian academic told reporters that Putin was “proposing a strategic alliance to Turkey and extending the hand of friendship.” Asked whether such an alliance would not conflict with Turkey’s NATO membership, the man also known as “Putin’s Rasputin” responded, “That is your decision. You will decide who stands by you, who is your friend, who is your foe.” Dugin added, “You know who stood behind the people who bombed the Turkish parliament. Definitely not Russia.”

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