How Russia's Putin became the go-to man on Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin last month

President Recep Tayip Erdogan of Turkey needs to extricate himself from a difficult situation in Syria so he heads for the one capital that matters, not Washington but Moscow.
How times have changed. Not so long ago it was the Americans who were the dominant external player in the region.
No longer.
President Trump's disdain for strategy and his desire to simply extricate Washington from a turbulent part of the world has left US power in limbo.
Turkey's beef is with the Syrian government.
The US is offering Turkey moral support but not weapons, though it may provide some ammunition. And thus it must beat a path to the door of Syria's principal ally, Moscow.

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