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President Erdogan’s options narrow as Russia presses Syrian crisis to Turkey’s doorstep

President Erdogan’s options narrow as Russia presses Syrian crisis to Turkey’s doorstep

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  1. This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-crisis-erdogan-analysi/president-erdogans-options-narrow-as-russia-presses-syrian-crisis-to-turkeys-doorstep-idUSKCN20L2I0) reduced by 89%. (I’m a bot)
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    > ISTANBUL – With nearly one million displaced Syrians massing near the Turkish border in the face of a Syrian government military offensive, President Tayyip Erdogan's options are narrowing.

    > Erdogan faces the competing demands of the welfare of the displaced Syrians and his support at home, where there is little appetite for adding to the 3.7 million Syrian refugees already in Turkey.

    > While its military is the second largest in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Turkey would likely rely on artillery units near the border because it lacks U.S.-made surface-to-air defenses after Ankara opted last year to buy Russian-made S-400s. NATO members could supply Turkey with equipment and intelligence but not intervene on Syrian soil, diplomats and Turkish officials said.

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  2. But Russia is their friend?????? Putin said so!

  3. I guess we should be glad that Erdogan and Putin aren’t exactly buddy-buddy. But still.

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