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Turkey: Ankara’s Gas Play in the Eastern Mediterranean

Turkey has shifted its foreign policy in recent weeks with a dizzying 180-degree turn. Official statements in favor of mending ties with Israel and Russia came in simultaneously, with further improvement with Egypt and a détente with the Syrian regime on the way. These overtures coincided with the departure of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and the reassignment of Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ key mastermind, as the head of Turkish Permanent Representation to the UN. Notably, National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan is also rumored to be heading for Tokyo as the Turkish ambassador, although a date for this appointment is unknown.

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