Ankara’s rapprochement with Moscow may dramatically estrange Turkey from West – expert

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Russia means that the relations between Ankara and Moscow are entering a new era following the downed aircraft incident, Yusuf Cinar, president of the Turkish international research center Strategic Outlook, told Trend Aug. 9.

He said this rapprochement between Turkey and Russia may come as a surprise to the West and dramatically change the balance in the region.

“This rapprochement may sharply estrange Turkey from the West, since Turkey’s relations with Europe and the US have sharply deteriorated after July 15,” said Cinar.

On July 15 evening, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.

However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the death toll as a result of the military coup attempt stood at 246 people excluding the coup plotters and over 2,000 people were wounded.

Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey on July 20.

Source: Trend News Agency