Will Erdogan be the biggest winner in the Ukraine crisis?

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Connor Echols

“Just a few months ago, Turkey was in a bit of a tough spot. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s years-long move away from Western liberalism had rendered Ankara the black sheep of the NATO family. President Joe Biden put a fine point on this when he called Erdogan an ‘autocrat’ during the campaign and left him out of last year’s much-touted Summit of Democracies. … But international events have a way of confounding expectations. As the war in Ukraine nears its fourth month, Turkey’s international standing has risen thanks to a careful strategy in which Ankara has armed Ukraine with cheap drones, joined some (but not all) Western sanctions, and sat down with Russian leaders whenever possible.” (06/15/22)