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Will Ankara’s support for Syria strikes impact Turkish-Russian ties?

Turkey’s enthusiastic support for US-led strikes targeting Assad’s military assets prompts questions about Ankara’s erratic approach to the Syrian crisis.
Presidents Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Ankara, Turkey April 4, 2018. REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RC11505E54F0

Turkey’s open defiance of Russia — by enthusiastically supporting the airstrikes by the United States, France and Britain against Syrian regime targets — has raised new questions about the consistency of Ankara’s Syrian policies and the manner in which it conducts its foreign policy in general.

It is not clear, for example, what effect Turkey’s position will have on its burgeoning ties with Russia, which Ankara has been keen to develop as a counterbalance to its deteriorating ties with the West.

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