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Post-imperial strongman duo rile West with renewed alliance

A year after the start of a Turkey-Russia crisis, Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Vladimir Putin (L) have resumed an increasingly tight relationshipIt had seemed impossible to find insults more scathing, as Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan of trading oil with Islamic State jihadists and making modern Turkey’s founder Ataturk “roll in his grave”. In a loud slanging match between two masters of political machismo, Erdogan in turn condemned Putin for “war crimes” in Syria. There is talk of a new era, agreements by Russia to build a gas pipeline under the Black Sea and a nuclear power station in Turkey, along with growing cooperation on the Syria conflict.

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