Analysis 17 Nov 17

Russia Lures Turkey From NATO With Missile Deal

Turkey’s plans to buy Russian S-400 missile systems alarm its Western allies but form part of an ever-closer partnership with Russia that will have an obvious impact on the Balkans.

Ankara, Sarajevo
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they enter a hall during their meeting in Sochi, Russia on November 13. Photo: Pavel Golovkin/AP

After his latest visit to Russia to see President Vladimir Putin on November 13 in Sochi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed that relations between the two countries had continued “deepening”.

That was obvious from the fact that Putin and Erdogan’s meeting lasted more than four hours - first with the official delegations of the two countries and later with a tete-a-tete¸.

According to statements by the two leaders before and after their meeting, the long list of not-so-easy topics included Syria, energy issues, such as the Turkish Stream, the nuclear station in Akkuyu, tourism, military cooperation and the economy.

“Both sides agree that our countries and people should be closer and have stronger cooperation in every area,” Erdogan told a joint press conference with Putin after the meeting.

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