Ankara, Moscow building mechanism on Syria – YouTube
[ Note: Nobody we know saw the light-speed improvement in Turkey’s relations with Russia, while those with the US, NATO and EU were going to hell in a handbasket. Putin had already waived the green flag to start Russian tourism back up, and this week, the Turkish Stream pipeline was approved to start construction as soon as possible… to get the jobs and subcontracts flowing.
Erdogan is playing hardball with the US, claiming it has to choose between Turkey and Mr. Gulen, and that is talking some “tough turkey” indeed. But the point will come where the world gets tired of the repetition of the coup responsibility claims with no public proof released. If Erdogan strings the game out too long, he could see it boomerang on him.
The big deal in these current moves is Saudi Arabia watching Moscow get a pipeline flowing with 16-billion cubic feet of gas to Europe that it had hoped to do with Qatar and its big gas fields, through the Northern Syria route, which is what the battle for Northern Syria is all about — Pipeline Wars 101.
Still being kept quiet is how much gas is sitting off Syria’s northern Med border, with unreported geological surveys showing it going inland, which I am told, could give legal right to those offshore field reserves to Syria. The wealth from these reserves might allow Syria to become a large Dubai, which would make a number of other powers very unhappy — enough to tear Syria to shreds to prevent it… JD ]