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    Russia’s Allies 'Turning Away' From Turkey After Downing of Su-24

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    The Turkish attack against a Russian bomber in Syria has not only affected ties between Moscow and Ankara, but also may have damage Turkey’s interests in the international arena, Today’s Zaman reported.

    Russia has a military base in Gyumri, in Armenia, close to the Turkish border. In addition, Russia has deployed Mi-24 and Mi-8 combat helicopters to its military base Erebuni, near Yerevan.

    If Russia stops gas supplies to Turkey, Ankara could rely on Azerbaijan. However, it is also in the sphere of Russian interests. Purchasing gas from Iran, Israel or Egypt would also be problematic.

    After the Russian Su-24 was downed, Kyrgyzstan started to discuss cancelling its visa-free agreement with Turkey.

    The number of countries Turkey has tensions with is rising, the article read. At the same time, it is likely that the estrangement between Moscow and Ankara will continue even if the tensions over the incident with the jet are settled.

    "Judging by the actions of Russia and the statements from countries aligned with Russia, it seems Turkey may also experience problems beyond Moscow in its bilateral relations, including most of the former Soviet republics, which have traditionally had good ties with Ankara. Even some Central Asian countries, with their ethnic ties to Turkey, may have to readjust their relations out of fear of Russia's wrath," the article read.

    Meanwhile, Israel announced it would not use the tensions between Russian and Turkey for reconciliation with Ankara, especially at a time when partnership is blooming between Jerusalem and the two of "Turkey’s historic foes" – Greece and Cyprus.

    Moreover, Egypt, Greece and Cyprus have reached an agreement to speed up the negotiations to demarcate sea borders in the eastern part of the Mediterranean. The talks are part of efforts to turn the region into an offshore natural gas hub. The three countries also have a number of joint projects in investments and tourism, the article added.

    In turn, Russian and Cyprus are nearing a deal that would allow Russian military jets to use Greek Cypriot airports in case of emergency. Cyprus may allow Russia to use its airports to evacuate Russian citizens from neighboring countries if necessary.


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