@aral However, politically he is somehow a western ally (due to Turkey's NATO membership), and changing this would provoke the next conflict. A tough situation.

@marmarper You’d think Putin would be a timely lesson that appeasing dictators is not a sustainable strategy.

Mind you, they’re very useful when you have a xenophobic population that will gladly embrace them if it keeps the Brown people away. You reap what you sow.

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