Turkey hoping for easing of Russian sanctions with missile deal

A Voice of America piece suggests there is more to the Turkey-Russia S-400 missile defense deal than Ankara merely bucking NATO and increasing its cooperation with Moscow. Despite their improved relations, Turks still need visa to visit Russia, and Moscow still has a ban in effect on Turkish tomatoes, once a $250 million export market for Turkey. With Moscow holding leverage over Ankara and the two countries still on opposing sides in Syria, Russia is extracting concessions from Turkey, like the purchase of the S-400 systems and the possible completion of a Turkish nuclear plant by Russia’s Rosatom.

 

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