There has been a buzz on the internet about the implications of Erdoğan visiting Putin a few days ago, and mending relations. What does it mean for developments in the end times?
This author says, “Very little.” This news article from the BBC gets to the root of the matter. Putin is quoted as saying,
“The priority is to get back to the pre-crisis level of co-operation.”
And that’s exactly all there is to it. Remember, the Turks and Russians have been bitter enemies for 500 years. For two centuries prior to Catherine the Great’s conquest of Crimea in 1784, the Turks were in cahoots with slave traders who kidnapped Russians in the Ukraine and sold them into slavery throughout the Muslim realm. The total number of people taken was two-thirds as great as the African slave trade across the Atlantic. This kind of history is not easily forgotten. In fact, this is likely part of the reason why Russia has made such good friends with Iran.
So the Turks shot down a Russian plane that crossed Turkish airspace recently. That was the crisis. Relations were frosty after that. Turkey was not getting Russian natural gas. Relations were normalized in order to restore trade. Russia wanted that too per Putin’s statement above. That’s it.
But I also can’t help but think that Erdoğan made this move in order to placate Russia in order to continue his war with Assad, the Kurds and because of his imperialistic desires in the region. After all, the best candidate for the Third Signpost’s prominent horn of the goat should be a good politician.