Turkey-Russia Partnership & Transatlantic Interests
While divisions between Turkey and Russia are more tangible than those between Turkey and the West, relations between Turkey and Russia are consolidating into a de facto partnership, while those between Turkey and the West are edging towards sanctions. Why? The easy answer lies in domestic politics in Russia and Turkey. The other explanation is that in Syria, Libya or the Caucasus, the US and the EU have shied away from risk. Russia and Turkey have stepped into the vacuum, learning to come to terms with one another. The EU and the US should think through a strategy to peel Turkey away from Russia, as they can only lose from the unnatural partnership between the two.