The meeting carried symbolic weight, portraying Moscow as a global power that has gained enough leverage to stand up to Washington on several issues.
Turkey is a US ally and a NATO member, but under President Erdogan’s assertive foreign policy, Ankara has shown the capacity to go its own way if necessary.
Moscow is not interested in making peace with Kiev in an intent to keep the conflict protracted, forcing Ukraine to talk to Russia-backed separatists in the Donbass region.
While Washington is indisputably the leading force in the Atlantic alliance, a member state like Hungary, which has unfriendly ties with Ukraine, could veto entry to NATO.
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