#79. Bob - Big Game - I agree - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Basat Tayfun(Turkey)
    • 26.08.07 | 19:55 (IDT)

    I agree about the big game. i did not get into it b/c up until then Russia and Britain were competitors over ottoman and central asian influence. the sudden change may have been simply that they finally worked out an arrangement so that they did not turn on each other once the ottomans wen away. keep in mind, the Brits already had the Suez and there was really no one to challenge it; the ottomans were a bufer. Note, later on the Brits wanted to retain full control over istanbul and the Dardanelles at end of WW1 and why Russia went as far as supporting the Turkish Liberation movement led by Ataturk -- a 180 degree change! The Brits had to know that once Russia had access to the warm seas, the ottoman buffer would be gone. Considering the rivalry that rears its head now and then between Russia and England even today, it is curious that the Brits would have not sought to continue the status quo with the ottoman buffer zone; albeit 'relieved' of its oil-rich Arab lands.

    from the article: Peres to Turks: Our stance on Armenian issue hasn't changed
    First published 00:00 26.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 26.08.07
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