Aktürk: Russia has considerable soft power within EU member states through its connections with far-right, anti-immigrant, and Islamophobic groups

PONARS Eurasia
28 Oct 2020

(TRT World) Russia and Turkey face each other on opposing sides over several fronts across Eurasia, from Libya to Syria, and now Azerbaijan, too. Experts say Moscow is hitting Syria's Idlib to gain leverage against Ankara.

A Russian aircraft, which symbolises civilian deaths in the Syrian war, appeared in the skies of the country's last opposition stronghold, Idlib, on Monday, hitting a training camp and killing dozens of Turkey-backed opposition forces. [...]

Experts have seen strong connections between Russia, France and far-right movements. 

"Russia has considerable 'soft power' within EU member states through its connections with far-right, anti-immigrant, and Islamophobic groups,” said Sener Akturk, associate professor of International Relations at Koc University, in a previous interview with TRT World. 

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