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Published on Jan 23, 2018
In Ankara, euphoria reigns: Erdogan managed almost impossible: he enlisted the full support of the Kremlin and, although more restrained, but nevertheless, Washington's consent to conduct a military operation against Syria. Of the five permanent member countries of the UN security Council only France has criticized Turkey's actions in Syria. However, Paris actually found itself in isolation, trying to achieve the adoption of a resolution condemning Ankara's actions. According to experts, Moscow gave Ankara good for Turkey's operation in Afrin (Northern Syria) in exchange for Ankara's support for the operation of the Assad army in Idlib province. As for Washington, its silence is most likely due to its unwillingness to lose an important NATO ally represented by Turkey. Ankara is at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and will soon control the transit flows of natural gas from Azerbaijan - and in the future from Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. To this end, the US and Turkey jointly create in Europe the so-called "southern gas corridor", which should become an important alternative to the supply of Russian gas to Europe. There is one danger: today's unilateral military actions by Turkey in Northern Syria, in the absence of a government permit in Damascus and in the absence of a UN mandate, create a precedent: tomorrow, Israel can also launch a military operation against Hizbollah units in Syria. And in this case, Syria torn apart by civil war can turn into a test site for dangerous maneuvers both regional (Turkey, Iran) and nuclear powers (Russia and the United States).
Recep Tayyip Erdogan (close to the Turkish pronunciation of the name-Erdogan; tour. Recep Tayyip Talks [reˈdʒep taːˈjip ˈerdoː.an]; born 26 February 1954, Istanbul) is a Turkish politician and statesman, President Turkey 28 August 2014. He won the presidential elections in Turkey on August 10, 2014. in the past — the Prime Minister of Turkey (from March 14, 2003 to August 28, 2014).