"As relations between the US and Turkey continue to spiral, Ankara is moving ever closer to Russia," the report said. "A Russia-Turkey realignment represents a real challenge to the US and the West since Turkey remains a NATO member even as it accuses Washington of ‘economic war.’"
The report said Turkey’s emergence as an anti-Western nation ruled by an authoritarian leader is providing leverage for what it said was Russia’s policy of promoting division within in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
"A splintering of NATO and of Western unity and cooperation is a primary foreign policy goal of Russia — one that it is rapidly achieving," the report said.
A meeting on Tuesday between Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov illustrated growing ties between Turkey and Moscow, the report explained.
Turkey also plans to purchase an air defense system from Russia, with Washington poised to retaliate by canceling planned sales of F-35 jets to Ankara, according to press reports earlier this week.