Stone approached Putin in the same way Buchanan approached Nixon during his famous 1982 interview. The results are that both men opened up to the wider world and all but the most fanatical dogmatists can see it.
Erdogan’s remarks are proximate related to Albania housing elements of the terrorist Gülen organisation. In the longer term, they are also related to Erdogan’s fears of the US abandoning its former Turkish ally in favour of Kurds in Syria and Iraq.
Russia will not respond to the shooting down of the Iranian drone with the same strength it responded yesterday to the shooting down of the Syrian SU-22 provided the US remains in its base in al-Tanaf.