Kosachev: the purpose of Erdogan’s approval of Turkey as a regional leader

Kosachev: the purpose of Erdogan’s approval of Turkey as a regional leader


MOSCOW, February 19. Turkey can act in Syria without U.S. support, since the goal of President Tayyip Erdogan is the adoption of our country’s position as a regional leader. This opinion was expressed by 19 of February in interview to TV channel “Russia 24” the head of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev.

“I’m afraid that I can (to act without the US). Because Erdogan is not already allied relations with the U.S. the key to their foreign policy strategy. The chief finally was the approval of Turkey as the only regional leader… In the region Turkey, apparently, is not ready to tolerate, instructions from any party, including the United States,” – said Kosachev.

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