The Futility of Russian Deals with Turkey

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
The Futility of Russian Deals with Erdogan

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Regimes like the US, Israel and Turkey can never be trusted.

Time and again they agree to one thing, then go another way — falsely blaming others for their bad faith.

Numerous times before in Astana and Sochi, Erdogan agreed to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib province Syria, free from jihadists.

Russia fulfilled its obligations. So did Syria, not Turkey by continuing to arm and otherwise support al-Nusra and likeminded terrorists in the province, along with giving them safe haven in Turkish territory.

They used the demilitarized zone and so-called Turkish observation posts to attack Syrian forces, civilians, and Russia's Khmeimim airbase in the country.

Four times since August 2016, Turkish forces invaded northern Syrian territory — acts of aggression on the phony pretexts of protecting national security and
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