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Putin and Erdogan Vow to Repair Ties as West Watches Nervously

Against a backdrop of rising tensions between Turkey and the West, Presidents Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey pledged on Tuesday to repair relations after nine months of open antagonism.

Although their meeting in St. Petersburg on Tuesday produced little beyond vows of friendship and cooperation, the symbolism of the two former antagonists coming together for a friendly talk was enough to raise alarms in Western capitals. Besides being a member of the NATO alliance, Turkey is vital to Europe’s efforts to stanch the flow of migrants from Syria and Afghanistan.

Washington and Ankara, long at odds over American support of the Kurds in Syria and Iraq, have had a series of problems lately. Anti-Americanism has been on the rise in Turkey, amid accusations that the United States played a role in the failed coup in Turkey and widespread resentment of the White House’s criticism of the resulting crackdown.

Turkish officials have been further infuriated by President Obama’s reluctance to hand over Fethullah Gulen, a reclusive Muslim cleric living in Pennsylvania whom Mr. Erdogan has accused of leading the coup attempt.

For Mr. Putin, who has made little secret of his ambitions to weaken NATO and crack European unity, the opportunity to forge a new, closer relationship with a humbled Mr. Erdogan was probably deeply satisfying, and a vindication of his decision to intervene militarily in Syria.

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IF this relationship continues to warm, militarily and economically, and Putin is able to throw Iran into the mix, such a relationship could well become a grand "Eurasian Axis", capable of preventing any outside military interference for either Turkey or Iran.

Oh, and BTW, as reported on 6 August 2016 at http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/:

The U.S. Justice Department will send a technical delegation to Turkey this week over the government's request to extradite U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, the prime suspect behind the July 15 coup attempt according to Ankara. The Turkish Justice Ministry had invited a delegation from Washington to come to Turkey first to discuss Gülen's extradition. In return, a delegation from the Justice ministry will later depart for U.S. to discuss the extradition after the U.S. delegation's visit. Ankara has already lodged two extradition demands with the U.S. for Gülen, who lives a self-claimed exile in Pennsylvania.

And please remember; at Incerlik, Erdogan has his "bargaining chip" of thousands of US and NATO personnel on lockdown, along with 50 - 90 NATO thermonuclear bombs.

President Obama cannot afford to extradite CIA asset Gullen to Turkey, because he is a "live liability", so he will most probably meet with a "severe health challenge" which will take him out, before the body is returned to Turkey.

This Administration is no stranger to extrajudicial assassinations.

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