Analysis-War a lost opportunity for Turkey’s westward outreach

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By Tuvan Gumrukcu and Jonathan Spicer ANKARA (Reuters) – Before travelling to Moscow last week, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stopped over in Ankara to meet Tayyip Erdogan and praise the Turkish leader’s diplomatic efforts to end the war in Ukraine. Less than two hours after the two shook hands, a big part of the goodwill that Ankara has engendered in the West through its unique role as mediator between warring parties was undone, undermining Turkey’s chances of capitalising on thawing ties. The turning point came when an Istanbul court sentenced a philanthropist, Osman Kavala, to li…

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