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Erdogan's ego trip buying Russian arms

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What is an alliance, and what is its purpose? The obvious answer to this question is that states join forces for mutual benefit to ward off real dangers. Or, at least to be prepared to defend against potential dangers.

Compromises always necessary

These days the role of alliances is being increasingly called into question because of the compromises required from all parties to make them work.

Read more: NATO and Russia's maneuvers and countermaneuvers in the Baltic Sea

Ever since the failed coup attempt three years ago, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — Turkey's purported strongman — removed the word "compromise"........

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