Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Russia have deteriorated since a Russian fighter jet was shot down in November 2015. Now Russian companies have been told not to hire any more Turks, and many Turks in Russia are waiting to return home.
Iran has halted all flights to and from the Kurdish regions in northern Iraq. The air embargo is the first retaliatory measure against Monday's Kurdish independence referendum, which Iran, Iraq and Turkey all oppose.
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.
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.
German Chancellor Merkel stressed that the situation with North Korea must be resolved peacefully. She told DW that Germany could be in a position to mediate in the conflict.
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