Immediately following the historic referendum vote in Britain on June 24, emotional and knee jerk reactions exploded all over Europe as political activists and parties in up to eight countries began publicly demanding their own referendums to decide on whether to also remain within the EU sphere.
And while these reactions will either burn out or boil over in the coming weeks, one nation which had been seeking assistance from the EU and from NATO over the past six months in support of their political agendas has suddenly decided to cancel their application with the European Union, and over the weekend attempted to mend fences with both a short and long term adversary.
Turkey joins Switzerland in pulling out their applications for joining the EU just prior to, and immediately after, the Brexit vote finished.
But the apology made to Vladimir Putin and the Russian people today by Turkey is not the only sudden shift in foreign policy relations for Tayyip Erdogan who is seeking to put a tourniquet on his hemorrhaging economy and political status. Over the past few months Turkey has also sought to repair broken relations with Israel, and is now in the process of signing a new energy deal with the Jewish nation after they found massive oil and gas reserves off their coastlines.
For most of its history following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire during WWI, Turkey has been an opportunist who seeks advantages by not only signing alliances with the West and the Middle East, but in playing both sides against each other when it can be to their benefit. And now that the stability of the EU is coming into question, and at the very least will be much less than it was prior to the Brexit vote, the Central Asian power is quickly shifting with the winds and is courting new allies who just yesterday were in opposition to Turkish success.