Turkey’s relationship with Russia has had its fair share of ups and downs lately. And as disconcerting as it may be for its allies in the West, the latest rekindling is not at all unexpected.
After a loaded geopolitical couple of years, with a common battle ground in Syria, it makes sense for the two countries to come to some kind of terms. It is not an easy cooperation – Russia and Turkey have very different objectives in Syria, especially where it concerns Bashar al Assad’s regime.
But another thing they have in common is their recent frustration with the West.
Putin’s Russia was, of course, always a loose cannon, with the whole Crimea-sanctions-recrimination situation presenting an extra excuse for conflict.