Putin-Erdogan Meeting: No Geopolitical Breakthroughs

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Putin-Erdogan Meeting: No Geopolitical Breakthroughs
by Stephen Lendman
Putin knew it was chancy at best dealing with a rogue leader like Erdogan – Turkey a NATO member with close ties to Washington’s imperial agenda, despite current strains over the disruptive events of July 15 he blamed on his US ally.
If Moscow-based international correspondent John Helmer is right, both leaders remain intractably apart on Syria and regional policies overall.
Erdogan continues ruthless mass purging of suspected opponents, numbers perhaps approaching 100,000 with no end to cleaning house in sight.
At the same time, he’s “promis(ing) big,” in return for maximum concessions possible from Russia, America and the EU.
Helmer appears right calling his strategy “a Turkish bluff.” Russia wants stability on its borders, cooperative relations with neighboring countries, and Erdogan ending his support for ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria.
His meeting with Erdogan accomplished none of the above. Helmer puts it this way:
“Turkey should stop supporting and fueling and providing safe haven and supplies for groups that threaten Russia to the North, threaten Syria to the south (and) Iraq to the east.”
It should stop supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups. It should give Russia “free passage through the so-called Turkish straits, between the Black Sea…Aegean Sea (and) Mediterranean” – the way it’s been for hundreds of years.
Erdogan should stop calling for Assad’s ouster. Despite talk of improved bilateral political and economic relations, nothing was consummated except agreement to keep talking.
Key is whether Erdogan will survive or be toppled by internal opposition fed up with how he’s running things.
As for relations with Russia, America and the EU, how they’ll play out remains highly uncertain.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.