Azhdar Kurtov, Chief Editor of the RISS journal "National Strategy Issues":
"Davutoglu is one of the Justice and Development Party's ideologists. His books dedicated to necessity of the Turkish power resurrection as some recurrence of the Ottoman Empire, and to which foreign policy should be carried out, became a case study for Turkologists and experts who study Turkey. It shouldn't be excluded that his resignation is connected with possible desire to carry out some reshuffle before Turkey's possible shifting to presidential rule. Something similar has just taken place when Erdogan competed with Abdullah Gül, who held a senior position in Turkey. But at the time Erdogan managed to eliminate Gül, and he is less popular as a politician now. It's quite possible that the current situation will repeat what happened with Gül. But I believe that Davutoglu will not step down that easy. There should be some reasonable grounds for him to cede the political career. And Davutoglu, unlike Erdogan, was not involved in scandals including corruptive ones. We'll hear of this politician many a time.
Russia has deployed two armies and three units of Airborne Forces to its western borders as part of a verification check, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu said