Posted by morris108 on August 21, 2008
The Black Sea is the back yard of three big players Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Syria’s Assad has been billed as the first Arab leader to publicly support the Russians. And that was after nearly two weeks.
Is Turkey going to surprise the world? And continue to refuse the Americans? Is there is a pax Russia unfolding? And Ukraine for all its vitriol to Russia, transports about 90% of the Russian gas that goes to Western Europe. So there is clearly some interdependency between these 2 Black Sea neighbours. And if Georgia ends up a Russian dependency then Turkey is beholden to Russia for the BTC pipeline.
Public sentiment in Turkey for the US is still at rock bottom because of Iraq.
The President of Iran has just visited Turkey for two days against Israels objections.