Tensions have been building for the best part of a year, serious skirmishes broke out in June – and America is nowhere to be seen.
Narrow victories and a poor response to the Covid-19 crisis almost certainly indicate it’s time for Turkey’s leader to bow out.
There is a Russian bear sitting behind the desk of the Kremlin; we must not let its cubs play in our midst.
It isn’t obvious that his foreign policy has been less effective than George W.Bush’s activism or Obama’s passivity. But what’s his aim here?
Trump, Erdogan and Macron all pose difficulties for the alliance. Corbyn in Downing Street would pose deeper and more dangerous ones.
“Sometimes you gotta let them fight, like two kids in a [parking] lot and then you pull them apart,” he said.
“Does he know of any policy decision by any ally which has so undermined our security partnership and empowered our enemies?” “No…”
The UK’s role is limited, as we will not and cannot put our own people into this theatre – but we must do what we can.
Turkey appears to assume that their opponents will flee. But if they’ve nowhere to go, they’ll have no alternative but to fight.
Turkey’s strongman is far from all-powerful, and he is risking an almighty backlash.
The killing gives Turkey’s autocrat the opportunity to make common cause with the Saudi prince’s enemies.
Plus: Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani meet at the Three Wise Monkeys Summit – hear no evil, see no evil…and evil. Guess which is which.
Caught between Moscow’s ruthless security forces and a million newly-arrived Russian settlers, the peninsula’s minority population deserves our support.
He has at every stage seized the initiative and outplayed – then persecuted – his opponents.
The AKP’s status in ACRE, the Tory international alliance, was in doubt – but it survived a vote with Conservative backing.