By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Turkish President Erdogan is in Moscow for a meeting with Russian President Putin.
The Turkish president arrived in Russia on the same day that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu came and met with Putin.
Putin is creating a series of summits. The purpose of the summits is to cement his role in the region.
Both Israel and Turkey are regional players. Russia wants to make certain that everyone is on the same page in dealing with ISIS. He also wants to make certain that there is agreement on Assad of Syria.
Israel said they don't care about Syrian leadership - all they want is stability and Iran as far away as possible. Turkey wants their border to be quiet and the ability to cross when needed in order to pursue and to punish terrorists who seek refuge by crossing the border.
Iran is the elephant in the room. No one wants them in Syria. But they have been and still support Hezbollah and have significant troops and advisers in Syria all to defend Assad and keep him in position.
Putin has power and he knows how to wield it.
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