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Erdogan's meeting with Putin in St. Petersburg this month was ostensibly focused on burying the hatchet after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near its border with Syria last year.Erdogan certainly put on a show with Putin, promising friendship and cooperation. Putin, by contrast, was the first world leader to call for support for Erdogan's government after the coup, which perhaps explains why Russia was Erdogan's first destination after the dust had settled.There may, however, be more to Erdogan's rapprochement with Putin.Given that Putin cares little for human rights, the rule of law, or democracy, watching EU and US leaders butt heads with Erdogan over his post-coup crackdown must have looked like a golden opportunity to weaken NATO.Add to that Putin's track record as an untrustworthy partner, and it is clear that, while a better relationship with Russia can benefit Turkey, Erdogan cannot afford to abandon his country's ties with the West.Rather than allow Erdogan to use his relationship with Putin to manipulate his NATO allies, the West – and the EU, in particular – must condemn, more clearly than ever, his accelerating shift toward autocracy.For the sake of Turkey's citizens, one hopes that Erdogan sees that.
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