“If Erdogan hoped that NATO membership is a carte blanche, which allows him to do anything, it is profoundly wrong,” reads Jakub Mareš’s post on the geopolitical website Blog.Respect.
On the other hand, the reporter says Turkey's policy in Syria under Erdogan is “quite a thorn in the heel”; partly because of its brisk trade with the Islamic State.
However, for NATO, Turkey is an absolutely indispensable member state because of its control of the Bosporus and the Dardanelles, but Turkey's regional policy directly conflicts with that of the other members. One can only assume that regardless of its public support for Erdogan’s account of the shooting down of the Russian Su-24, its comments in private may be the polar opposite.
If Turkey's final goal was geopolitical – to prevent the formation of a coalition against ISIL and the Syrian situation from being solved, primarily due to its own interests in the region – it will now have to reckon with renewed efforts to build a coalition, mainly from Russia and France.
The whole situation in the Middle East is deteriorating significantly, and the risk of further escalation is quite high. However, for Russia, it is now much easier to support Assad's government and Syrian Army forces on the ground, the author states.