Washington Examiner: Erdogan kneel to Putin in Moscow

The American Washington Examiner magazine expressed its astonishment at the Russian president's insulting treatment of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying that the latter "chose to lick Putin's shoes."

In its article, the magazine noted that when interviewing Putin in the wake of the recent Syrian air raid that killed 34 Turkish soldiers, Erdogan might have been expected to take a tough stance in which he refused to give in to the Russian leader.

The newspaper also pointed out that Erdogan knows well that it was Russia that allowed the Syrian regime forces to carry out the attack that killed Turkish soldiers, and that the Russians knew that Erdogan's forces were at the site of the strike before the attack began.

The magazine sees from what has been mentioned if Erdogan has good reason to stand up to the hardline stance of Putin, but what happened according to the magazine is "Erdogan chose to lick Putin's shoes."

The magazine quotes Putin, a former officer in the Soviet Intelligence Agency, narrating his black comedy, "I would like once again to express my condolences for the death of your soldiers in Syria. It is a great tragedy. Unfortunately, no one, even the Syrian army, knew the whereabouts of the Turkish forces. There were victims from the Syrian army, too."

The magazine, targeting its words to Erdogan, believes that any leader would have had the slightest basic feeling of self-respect or national honor that would have stopped Putin here, because Erdogan knew that Putin knew the location of his soldiers and that Erdogan knew that those forces were targeted with Putin's approval, Putin's words were an insult to all Turks, in the words of the magazine.

The magazine noted that Erdogan's reaction was weak, and he stared at Putin and did not show any signs of anger at his life. Indeed, Putin won.

It added that Erdogan made funny and pathetic excuses "I came to hold the meeting in Moscow and not in Ankara because of Putin's agenda only regarding the constitutional amendments" as Erdogan knows in his decision that he came to Moscow only to beg.

The magazine concluded that Erdogan should not have allowed Putin to manipulate him again, as Washington and Turkey's NATO allies were willing to reinforce his position against Putin's pressure, and coordinated economic action could have led to Assad's fading and forcing Russia to retreat in Idlib.


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