"Erdogan has now cocked a snook at Moscow with the incantation, “Slava, Ukraine!” at his recent visit to Kyiv. “Glory to Ukraine” has become a slogan of resistance to Russian hegemony since Putin’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. Moscow and its mouthpieces claim it is a Nazi chant.
The Russians are discovering, as Americans and Europeans have before, that with Erdogan, matters are always coming to a head, accompanied with threats to end alliances.
Putin now finds himself at the receiving end. In a recent phone call, Erdogan warned that Turkey would react “in the harshest way” if Turkish troops in Syria came under more attacks from Assad’s forces. And of course, he has warned that the Russo-Turkish relationship could split over Syria."