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President Sauli Niinistö considers it possible that Turkey is looking to distance itself from Europe and strengthen its ties with Russia.
President Sauli Niinistö considers it possible that Turkey is looking to distance itself from Europe and strengthen its ties with Russia.

Turkey may well distance itself from Europe and strengthen its ties with Russia, estimates President Sauli Niinistö.

“Russia and Turkey found some sort of an agreement, through apologies, after the downing of a [Russian] jet [on the border between Turkey and Syria]. That no permanent breakup or conflict took place between Russia and Turkey was naturally greeted with joy,” he said in an interview with MTV last Wednesday.

“But the European Union should now keep an eye on how long the common journey is for Russia and Turkey.”

Mika Aaltola, a research programme director at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, estimated earlier last week that new alliances are being forged in the Middle East.

“The post-Cold War setting is clearly alive. Turkey has shown that it's sort of in the driver's seat. It has dragooned the United States rather directly in recent days and implied, quite bluntly, that it could also make a different choice. The United States, on the other hand, is a bit fed up with Turkey as an ally,” said Aaltola.

The United States, he pointed out, has maintained its nuclear weapons in Turkey as a pivotal component of its nuclear deterrence, whereas Turkey has hardly been an ideal ally for the United States.

“[Turkey] had to be convinced to join the operation against Isis,” Aaltola reminded.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Anni Reenpää – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi

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