Vladimir Putin says Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet was an attempt to suck up to the United States. Addressing some 1400 vetted journalists, he described the act as “hostile” and ruled out any possibility of improving relations with the country.
Turkey appears to be building a military infrastructure independent of NATO - much to the annoyance of Washington. But President Recep Tayyip Erdogan might need that new S-400 missile defense system at home.
Russian President Putin condemned North Korea's actions, but said that global powers must avoid "ramping up military hysteria." Washington has accused the North of "begging for war," after testing hydrogen bombs.
Relations between Turkey and Greece have long been sour, but Turkish tourists keep coming to Thessaloniki. Turkey's current president and its founder are two very disparate reasons for the burgeoning tourist hub.
In the middle of Germany's election campaign and after 12 years of talks, Chancellor Angela Merkel may push for an end to accession talks with Turkey. It would be an overdue step. DW's Bernd Riegert offers an analysis.
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