Erdogan understands that direct confrontation with the Russian Federation may be fatal. This is what Russian academician Fyodor Voytolovsky said during the session entitled “Russia and Armenia: Imperative of a New Strategy”.
“In addition, Turkey’s leadership knows very well that it won’t be allowed to implement Article 5 of NATO which implies that the attack on one member of NATO is an attack on all of its members. Any confrontation of Russia and NATO members will inevitably entail a military clash of Russia and all NATO members, and nobody will play those games since the price for such games is linked to the use of a nuclear weapon. This is why I don’t believe in the opportunity for a military confrontation between Russia and Turkey,” he stated.