NATO var tydelig bekymret for tilnærmingen mellom Moskva og Ankara og NATO sendte ut et kommunike der man roste Tyrkias innsats mot IS. Det er faktuelt feil. Tyrkia har heller vært en hemsko for kampen mot IS, med sin negative innstilling til kurderne.

Kanskje Erdogan snarere oppfatter rosen som et svakhetstegn?

NATO was concerned enough by the Putin-Erdogan meeting that it issued a highly unusual statement Wednesday praising Turkey’s contributions. “Turkey takes full part in the Alliance’s consensus-based decisions as we confront the biggest security challenges in a generation,” said the statement, adding that the Turks make “substantial contributions” to NATO’s joint military efforts.

Obamas mislykkede Midtøsten-politikk har skapt et vakuum som Putin har utnyttet. skriver Wall Street Journal.

All of this show the extent to which the Middle East is up for grabs in the wake of President Obama’s eight-year retreat. His withdrawal from Iraq and abdication in Syria created a vacuum that Mr. Putin is filling to Russia’s strategic benefit. Mr. Obama has responded by bending U.S. policy in Syria further toward Russia’s desires. Such is the diminished U.S. influence that the next U.S. President will inherit.

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http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-putin-erdogan-entente-1470872221

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