Sensing Opportunity, Erdogan Is Back to Playing the Spoiler

Sensing Opportunity, Erdogan Is Back to Playing the Spoiler
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro review the honor guard, in Ankara, Turkey, June 8, 2022 (AP photo by Burhan Ozbilici).

When U.S. President Joe Biden decided not to invite Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to last week’s Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, the Venezuela leader—whose presidency was for years deemed illegitimate by the U.S, the United Kingdom, the European Union and many of Venezuela’s Latin American neighbors, among others—set out on a whirlwind international trip aiming to show he still has support in other parts of the world. One of his first stops, unsurprisingly, was Iran, another country targeted by Western sanctions, where he and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi gushed about their deepening friendship. More noteworthy was Maduro’s visit […]

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