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Swedish Defence Research Agency

6 March

Turkey’s relations with NATO and control over northern Syria

Two FOI reports describe the contacts that Turkey, a NATO member, has with Russia, and the collision course that the USA and Turkey are on in north-eastern Syria.

Putin and Erdogan

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at the opening of the Natural Gas Pipeline, 19 November 2018, in Istanbul. Photo: Shutterstock.

In “Turkey’s tightrope act: Staying in Nato while warming towards Russia,” analyst Bitte Hammargren explains Turkey’s balancing act, in which Ankara seeks room for manoeuvre at the same time as its contacts with Russia – on the military side, among others – are becoming increasingly frequent.

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Michael Jonsson, senior scientist, in his report, “A Compromise Between Adversaries? Prospects for a Peaceful Resolution of Control over North-Eastern Syria,” goes through what control over north-eastern Syria might look like in the future. The USA and Turkey have completely different views about the way forward.

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