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Replace Turkey with Russia in NATO after Putin's Term Ends

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Oct 25, 2017 at 22:03

Dear Daniel Pipes,

As usual, you make excellent points.
When or of Erdogan retires, Turkey will probably remain Islamist for some time
(it's fate is similar to that of Iran after it removed the Shah).
But Russia is "almost" a part of the West,
on its Eastern "Frontier" and a pretender
to the the title of the Eastern Roman Empire
after the Ottoman conquered Constantinople
and dismembered the Byzantine Empire.

Europe and the United States
should think of the long-term strategic possibility
of Replacing Islamist Turkey
with the Russian Federation.

I know that byou will say that Russia isn't Democratic,
and that Putin is an Autocrat.
But who will replace Putin as an Autocrat?

There should be long-term negotiations
to bring Russia into the European community of nation-states,
with the idea that eventually Russia will evolve into a Democracy
with the Rule of Law. Maybe in a Generation?
Or maybe in a Century?

Submitting....

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If a post-Putin Russia plays by the rules, it's welcome in NATO.

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