Turkey: Is Russia Ready to Play the Kurdish Card?

Kurdish boys, who cover their faces because they fear authorities will identify and arrest them, demonstrate at a park in Diyarbakir in March 2011 during a protest calling for greater democratic autonomy for Kurds. Turkey’s ongoing struggling relationship with its ethnic Kurdish population has Russia possibly looking at another alley in the region – the Kurdish movement outside of Turkey. (Photo: Alexander Christie-Miller)

Amid the free-fall in Russian-Turkish relations, Moscow seems ready to exploit Turkey’s historical Achilles heel: its restive Kurdish minority.
 

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Dorian Jones is a freelance reporter based in Istanbul.

Turkey: Is Russia Ready to Play the Kurdish Card?

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