Turkey’s geopolitical balancing act when dealing with Russia means trying to be pro-Kyiv without being overtly anti-Moscow. But this may soon face a reality check.
Turkey’s traditional policy on Ukraine – a mix of deterrence with dialogue towards Russia – is now in need of revision with the failure of the first part. But although deterrence has failed, Turkey is still pursuing the dialogue aspect by trying to mediate between the two sides. As expected, Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers’ meeting in Turkey has not produced a result, but it was a boost for Turkey’s international stature.
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