Russia-Turkey: Making nice sans trust comes easy

Source. A Times.

A prejudice against Turks as being self-serving and untrustworthy – although exotic – is deeply embedded in the European psyche. In William Shakespeare’s play, Othello used the word “Turk” in that sense.A recent poll found that only 9% of Germans consider that Turkey can be a “trustworthy partner” for Europe. Pride and prejudice die hard.But Russia and Turkey have a different “take”: Does mutual trust really matter in inter-state relations so much as common interests? After all, they fought wars, but waged no crusades against each other.The famous Russian sociologist, philosopher and political scientist Alexander Dugin recently applied the litmus test of pragmatism to Russia’s strained ties with Turkey.

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