Unlikely alliances: mutually getting closer to Russia, Turkey and Hungary are getting closer

Маловероятные союзы: взаимно сближаясь с Россией, Турция и Венгрия становятся ближе

Analysts believe that the strengthening of relations between Turkey and Hungary as the rapprochement with Russia could lead to a split in NATO.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had met last week with Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban in Budapest, where hundreds of people protested on the streets against the recent invasion of Ankara in Syria.These two are the leaders of the countries-members of NATO and are pushing their countries towards authoritarianism, often engaging in disputes with its European allies. They also seek a rapprochement with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who met Orban in the Hungarian capital for a week before Erdogan’s visit.Moscow political analyst Kerim has specialized in Russia and Turkey, said that, in his opinion, Turkey and Hungary to strengthen ties between them, could push Moscow.”From the ideological point of view, styles of political governance Orban, Erdogan and Putin are in some way the reason for rapprochement. Thus, they have certain political motivations that forced all parties to strengthen relations,” he said.”I do not exclude the possibility that Russia supports the Turkish side in establishing closer ties with Hungary,” he added.The two countries signed multibillion-dollar deals with the Kremlin. Turkey has gained a missile defense system s-400, and Hungary signed an agreement with Moscow on nuclear energy development.Both countries participate in the construction of the gas pipeline “Turkish stream”, which Russia supplies its natural gas to Turkey and the countries of Eastern Europe, including Hungary. The pipeline allows Russia to bypass Ukraine.The Director of the analytical centre of Political Capital, Peter Kreko of Budapest, says that relations between Turkey and Hungary emphasize the differences within NATO.”This shows that there are NATO countries that are less loyal to the club,” said Kreko, adding that Orban stressed the disunity of NATO and the European Union for its veto on a resolution by the EU condemning the Turkish invasion of North-Eastern Syria.”This is the line of division within NATO itself, and I think that Erdogan would be happy … it supports a country-member of EU and NATO,” he said.”For Turkey it is useful to have Hungary on their side,” said co-chair of the analytical company Teneo Intelligence-the end of Piccolo in an interview with the Media Line, adding, however, that if we talk about Russia, there has been a significant rapprochement with her Turkey, especially in terms of security.Russia’s interests in Turkey far-reaching, given the growing presence of Ankara in Syria. Turkey is also important in geopolitical terms: it has a long coastline on the Black sea where Moscow has a naval base, and divides Istanbul the Bosphorus, through which Russian ships are in the middle East region.”I am closely watching Turkey’s foreign policy, said Piccolo, and I think that Turkish-Hungarian relations also present a motivational factor in Russia.”

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