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Sochi meeting of Russia, Turkey presidents - a message to West: expert



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The upcoming Sochi meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Egdogan is a message to the West amid the attempts to destabilize the region, Naciye Selin Senocak, UNESCO Cultural Diplomacy, Governance and Education Chair Holder at Istanbul Aydin University, told Trend on November 13.

Senocak, who is also the director of the Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies (CEDS) in Paris, was commenting on the upcoming visit of the Turkish president to Sochi.

Recently, the region has witnessed attempts of power change in some countries, including Saudi Arabia, and this may lead to serious problems, Senocak said.

“Turkey and Russia are the two states that can provide stability in the region,” the expert said.

Senocak believes that Turkey’s purchase of Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems may also be considered as a signal to the West and NATO.

“The acquisition of S-400 missile defense systems by Turkey is an important indicator of relations between Ankara and Moscow,” Senocak said.

She noted that although Turkey is a member of NATO, it was the alliance who inflicted the country the biggest blow.

“One of the founders of NATO - the US - instead of supporting its ally Turkey, provides support to terrorist groups by arming them,” the expert said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia Nov. 13. The current situation in Syria will be the main topic of discussions between Turkey and Russia.

Syria has been suffering from an armed conflict since March 2011, which, according to the UN, has claimed more than 500,000 lives. Militants from various armed groups are confronting the Syrian government troops. The “Islamic State”, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) are the most active terrorist groups in Syria.

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