Turkey multiplies openings to return to Washington's good graces

After a honeymoon with Moscow for more than a year, Ankara is now stepping up initiatives and declarations to regain Washington's good graces, and to take advantage of Donald Trump's presence in the White House to once again normalize its relations with the United States and NATO. At an online seminar organized by the Atlantic Council, the Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, once again expressed Ankara's desire to acquire Patriot anti-aircraft systems from Washington, or similar compatible systems with NATO prerequisites (it could only be the SAMP / T Franco-Italian Mamba).

Tensions that have arisen in recent months with Damascus and Moscow due to clashes between the Syrian armed forces supported by the Russian air force, and the Islamist paramilitary forces supported by the Turkish armies, have led to a marked deterioration in relations between Russia and Turkey , and to Ankara's isolation on the international scene. This isolation is all the more sensitive as the Turkish authorities have managed to rally all European countries against them following the episode of blackmail of refugees started by Ankara in the middle of the Covid19 crisis which provoked the influx of refugees towards the Greek borders.

By inciting the refugees present on its territory to go to the border with Greece, Ankara wanted to put pressure on the Europeans to bring them to support its initiative in the north of Syria facing the Syrian forces and Russia. But it was a failure.

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