PHOTO: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan meet on the sidelines of the 6th summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia (CICA), in Astana, Kazakhstan October 13, 2022.
EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): A quick look at the report (bottom of this post) by Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s newspaper of record, explains the gravity of our title… Thrace is named repeatedly as the location of the proposed “natural gas hub” between Russia and Turkey, as this strategic area already is the location of several storage facilities and pipelines going to Europe. Should I mention that Alexandroupolis on the Greek (Western) Thrace is right there? We should also note that other oil pipelines from Azerbaijan and Iraq end at the Turkish port of Ceyhan, just opposite Cyprus… The Greek leadership is losing sleep: With Turkey moving so close to Russia, what comes next? The F-16 jets stand no chance against the Russian S-400 and S-500 missiles, while the Rafale jet’s performance against them remains to be seen. In theory, the Rafale can outrange the S-400, but many questions remain open…
All aspects of geopolitics in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean will undergo huge changes as the Russia-Turkey relationship becomes an alliance – with the whole Eurasia singing along… Just today Gazprom announced that they can redirect all Norstream natural gas to Turkstream… Please take a look at the map below: Ipsala is right across Alexandroupolis…
FOR FURTHER ANALYSIS ENJOY THE TWO GREEKS – ALEX CHRISTOPHOROU AND ALEXANDER MERCURIS