Zeyno Baran, Hudson Institute | August 29, 2008
Will Turkey side with the US, its NATO ally, and give it access to the Black Sea to assist Georgia, or will it choose Russia? ++ Russia is warning Turkey that it will hold it responsible if US ships do not leave. ++ Turkey depends on Russian gas and, more importantly, the two countries share many negative opinions about the US. ++ Azerbaijan and Armenia are worried about a Turkish-Russian partnership. ++ Turkey wants to be a mediator between the US and Iran, Israel and Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, etc.; but now, Turkey must choose.