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News | March 10, 2022

Turkey’s Balancing Act on Ukraine Is Becoming More Precarious

By Jeffrey Mankoff Foreign Policy

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170718-M-QX735-067 ODESSA, Ukraine (July 18, 2017) Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, are embarked aboard the Turkish ship TCG Karamurselbey (NL-124) in Odessa, Ukraine, during exercise Sea Breeze 2017. The U.S. and Ukraine co-hosted multinational maritime exercise held in the Black Sea and is designed to enhance interoperability of participating nations and strengthen maritime security within the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Marcin Platek/Released)
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170718-M-QX735-067 ODESSA, Ukraine (July 18, 2017) Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, are embarked aboard the Turkish ship TCG Karamurselbey (NL-124) in Odessa, Ukraine, during exercise Sea Breeze 2017. The U.S. and Ukraine co-hosted multinational maritime exercise held in the Black Sea and is designed to enhance interoperability of participating nations and strengthen maritime security within the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Marcin Platek/Released)
Photo By: Staff Sgt. Marcin Platek
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Russia's invasion of Ukraine has upended the geopolitical calculations of countries around the world. For Turkey, a NATO member that has performed a delicate balancing act between Kyiv and Moscow, the war is forcing some hard choices. 

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Jeffrey Mankoff is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, Center for Strategic Research at National Defense University. 

The views expressed are the authors own and do not reflect those of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.