"Turkey: One foot in the Middle East, one in Europe
Tue, 26/10/2010 - 10:12
The changing presence of Turkey in the Middle East signals a new balance of power, experts say.
Since the onset of the 20th century, Turkey has historically been tied to the West, particularly when it served as a buffer against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Renewed relations with the US followed the signing of the Oslo peace accords in 1993 between Israel and the Palestinians. Former US President Bill Clinton labored to create a bloc of friends in the region, and Turkey was at the forefront of those friends after the signing of a military cooperation agreement between Ankara and Tel Aviv. "
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