Kurdish rift emerges between Erdogan, Putin

An Al-Monitor piece suggests that, despite mending ties, Turkey risks slipping into a new crisis with Russia, this time over the Syrian Kurds. Commenting on Moscow’s invitation to the Syrian Kurds to participate in peace talks, the column states that Putin, recognizing Erdogan’s weak hand, is protecting Kurdish forces in Syria. Meanwhile, Ankara is bouncing back and forth between supposed allies in the region, now aligning itself more with Tehran and Baghdad in order to stop Kurdish expansionism. All of this comes while the Turkish economy is troubled with rising inflation, unemployment and debt, making it an inopportune time for Turkey to risk a new confrontation Russia.

 

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