In his article Is This Erdogan’s Exit Strategy?, Tom Luongo argues that Erdogan’s gambit is to de-dollarize. This idea is certainly not new. Michael Hudson, the economist, talked about this even before the coup attempt in Turkey in 2016. Well worth the read.
Remember, as well, he’s convinced (and I have no reason to disbelieve him) that the coup in 2016 against him was orchestrated by the U.S. and NATO, his nominal security partners.
It is said (and I have no reason to disbelieve this) that it was the Russians who warned Erdogan of the danger he was in.
So now, regardless of Erdogan’s personal traits, Turkey is fighting for its independence from US and NATO.
Ich bin Türke