Turkish-Russian Military Cooperation Deepens Amid U.S.-Turkish Tensions

Voice of America News reports: “Russian and Turkish military cooperation is deepening as Ankara’s relationship with Washington deteriorates. Recent joint naval exercises between Russia and Turkey, and increasing military cooperation in Syria, come as NATO allies question Turkey’s allegiance to the Western defense alliance.

A joint naval drill last Friday was part of a broader Turkish national military exercise. While the drills involved only a few ships, analysts have described its political implications as far more significant.

‘The realization of the Russian-Turkish common military exercises is a message both for the West and for the region of the Middle East that two sides cooperate,’ said Zaur Gasimov, an Istanbul-based analyst for the Max Weber Foundation…”

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