This new accord with Turkey is something that Vladimir Putin may come to regret. Putin has apparently forgotten that back in 2015, he said he had proof that Turkey had shot down a Russian plane in order to protect ISIS oil supplies. Does he think Erdogan has forgotten that? His backing of Turkey’s neo-caliphate also demonstrates that Putin is unaware of history: the Ottoman Empire and Russia were bitter enemies for centuries. Does Putin think that Erdogan’s neo-caliphate will be different?
“Turkey’s Erdogan says missile deal with Russia is final,” by Suzan Fraser, Associated Press, April 3, 2018 (thanks to Mark):
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that his country’s plan to purchase Russia’s long-range missile defense system is a “done deal,” brushing aside concerns from some NATO allies.
Erdogan appeared at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in Ankara for his first foreign visit since his March 18 re-election. Both the defense system agreement and Putin’s visit underscore the intensifying ties between Turkey and Russia.
In December, they finalized a deal for Turkey to purchase Russia’s long-range S-400 missile defense system, raising eyebrows among some of Turkey’s fellow NATO members.
“We have made an agreement regarding the S-400s. That subject is closed. It’s a done deal,” Erdogan said.
The warming relations between the two countries stand in contrast to the souring relations between Russia and the West over the poisoning in Britain of a Russian ex-spy. Turkey’s relations with its Western allies also have deteriorated over human rights issues and its military operations against Kurdish militia in Syria.
The Turkish leader spoke of “attempts to poison Turkish-Russian cooperation” and added: “Thank God our relations navigated these difficult tests with success. With every failed provocation, our relationship strengthened, just like steel after iron is quenched with water.”
Putin said Russia will manufacture the S-400 missiles at a quicker pace than initially planned to deliver them more quickly per Ankara’s request.
“We have decided to speed up the delivery of those highly efficient systems,” he added.
Earlier, the two leaders symbolically launched the start of the construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, which will be built by Russia near the Mediterranean coast at Akkuyu.
Putin hailed the project as a symbol of growing cooperation between Russia and Turkey.
“We face the ambitious goal of launching the first reactor in 2023 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey,” the Russian leader said. “We agreed with my dear friend, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to do everything necessary to achieve that goal.”
Erdogan said the power plant would meet 10 percent of Turkey’s energy needs after all reactors become operational.
The Akkuyu plant is being built by Russia’s nuclear energy agency, Rosatom. The project is estimated to cost $20 billion….
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