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Over here on the west side of the pond, the only thing in the news is Biden's statement about genocide. From the US viewpoint, Ergodan's missile deal with Russia is a pretty serious commentary on their geopolitical alignment.

The question of Syrian refugees is not really in the media here.

by asdf on Sun Apr 25th, 2021 at 07:48:03 PM EST
I wrote that Europe is very dependent on Turkey. The same can be said of the US, or rather NATO, to the extent that the US still considers NATO as primordial for their interests: Turkey is very important to NATO, as a big military power on the South-eastern flank of the alliance, controlling the Black Sea and providing bases near the Middle-east. Turkey is not going to get dumped by the US, Armenian genocide notwithstanding.
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Apr 25th, 2021 at 08:31:39 PM EST
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Using Greece as leverage vs. Turkey for US interests in oil and gas exploration and distribution. Ambassador Pyatt played a key role in Ukraine in 2014, as he does today as ambassador to Greece.

Visit of Zelensky recently to Erdogan in Ankara was to increase trade and investment. Turkey needs tourists from all of Europe and Ukraine is willing to cooperate. Turkey has historic links to the Tatars in Crimea and the Ottoman Empire coastlines.

Pyatt introduced Palantir to Greece

Palantir: Inflating the Digital Divide

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Apr 25th, 2021 at 11:24:22 PM EST
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Turkey has historic links to the Tatars in Crimea and the Ottoman Empire coastlines.

Crimean Tatars, who have been massively deported by Stalin in 1944, and now that Crimea has been annexed - again - by Russia, are subject to persecution. All the more reasons for Turkey to support Ukraine.

Turkey-Ukraine relations have intensified over the past couple of years: free trade agreement, military cooperation... Turkey has reportedly deployed drones, the same ones that helped Azerbaijan kick Armenia out of Nagorno-Karabakh, near Ukraine's eastern border.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Apr 26th, 2021 at 06:00:05 PM EST
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You may need to update your data points. To celebrate the anniversary or Crimea rejoining Russia Tatar language was given an official status in Crimea.

And according to Levada, the independent (registered as foreign agent in Russia) polling company, majority of the Crimean Tatars in 2020 preferred Russia to Ukraine (which has some serious issues with minorities).

The fact of the matter is that ever since Crimea was illegally (according to the Soviet constitution at the time) transferred to Ukraine in the 50's, as an autonomous region it has tried to gain full autonomy or even rejoin Russia. There were 9 attempts between 1991 and 2014.

What finally triggered the events in 2014 was the Maidan coup and a following attempt by Tatar and Ukrainian demonstrators to storm the Crimean parliament to end the autonomy. This, and the fact that Crimean parliament was not even consulted when Ukraine allowed Tatars the right of return in Crimea did certainly cause a lot of friction at the time between ethnic groups in Crimea.

But apparently things can change.

by pelgus on Mon Apr 26th, 2021 at 08:43:17 PM EST
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