NEO – US and NATO Rising Stress on Turkey

…by Vladimir Platov, …through New Jap Outlook, Moscow,…and the Institute of Oriental Research of the Russian Academy of…

…by Vladimir Platov, …through New Jap Outlook, Moscow,…and the Institute of Oriental Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a analysis establishment for the research of the nations and cultures of Asia and North Africa.

[ Editor’s Note: Mr. Platov has a timely article for us today as Mr. Erdogan is once again front and center in the middle of a NATO decision where he gets to milk the cow before he gives his support to adding Sweden and Finland to NATO, something they both may live to regret someday.

Biden reacted quickly, getting Germany to denounce Erdogan’s threats holding the Sweden and Norway NATO bids hostage, by putting featuring the strong US-Greek relations.

I just learned from Platov’s article below that as a counter punch to Putin’s NATO blackmail that Biden is posing throwing Erdogan out of NATO. We have the makings if quite a cat fight going on, as the blackmail that Turkey holds on other countries is voluminous and would be most entertaining for us regular folks to see published.

I would imagine chucking Turkey out, if requiring all other NATO partners to agree, would given another NATO country a chance to sell their vote for something they want, exposing the hard wired grifter element inside NATO that VT has always warned about.

The situation will get worse before it gets better with the reality that there will be winners and losers, the latter paying a political price for it domestically… Jim W. Dean ]

Erdogan – the ‘Not so Magnificent’

First printed … Could 22, 2022

For a lot of a yr, relations between Ankara and Washington have been characterised by an “unstable steadiness.” If initially, when Erdogan first got here to energy, his Justice and Growth Occasion (AKP) was supported by the USA, then over time it has ceased to be an American mission, demonstrating (in addition to Erdogan himself) increasingly more independence from Washington.

Barack Obama, for example, thought-about Erdogan a reasonable Muslim chief, calling him one of many 5 colleagues with whom he managed to determine essentially the most pleasant and trusting relations.

He hoped that Turkey would turn into an instance of a democratic nation with a predominantly Islamic inhabitants, a form of bridge between Europe, the Center East, and the Muslim world. But, regularly each grew to become disillusioned with each other.

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Relations between the nations additionally developed ambiguously throughout the “Trump period,” particularly towards the backdrop of Donald Trump’s resolution to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, and after Washington acknowledged Jerusalem because the capital of Israel and moved the American Embassy from Tel Aviv there.

Since Joe Biden’s arrival within the White Home, relations between Turkey and the USA have continued to stay tense. One motive for that is the event of Russo-Turkish cooperation, together with Ankara’s buy of 4 Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile battalions and energetic dialogue of a contract for the provision of a second batch of those techniques to the detriment of the American Patriot missile.

In April 2021, Biden acknowledged the Armenian genocide, which predictably was negatively perceived by Ankara. On the finish of August 2021, US Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Overseas Relations Committee, criticized the present Turkish administration and personally President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying that any new Turkish authorities “can’t be worse” than the present one.

Menendez’s remarks ought to due to this fact not be taken as a non-public opinion, however because the stance of the Biden administration, which wished to present Erdogan a transparent warning that his insurance policies are unacceptable to the USA.

In latest days, Turkish-American relations have turn into much more aggravated towards the backdrop of Turkish President Erdogan’s objection to the intention of Sweden and Finland to hitch NATO and thereby not solely negate earlier agreements between the West and Moscow on the non-proliferation of the alliance to the East, but in addition considerably escalate the state of affairs with Russia.

As a way to “persuade” Ankara, Washington has deployed intense stress on it from many sides. Germany has been an “energetic ally” of the USA, particularly since Olaf Scholz was elected chancellor, and having misplaced, as Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov not too long ago admitted on the New Horizons academic marathon, its final indicators of independence, the nation joined in to assault Turkey at Washington’s behest.

Within the nationwide pro-government media, Berlin deployed a marketing campaign, and accusations started to appear there towards Ankara, who had allegedly turn into an “unreliable associate” with the label “dictator” connected to the Turkish president.

On the identical time, through varied media shops, Washington started to intensively disseminate focused anti-Turkish details about the potential of NATO expelling Ankara from the alliance over statements by the Turkish authorities in regards to the refusal to approve Finland and Sweden’s membership in NATO. This was even said by columnist David Andelman on CNN.

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To make Erdogan extra accommodating, US President Joe Biden commenced to reveal, towards the backdrop of the battle with Turkey, Washington’s rapprochement with Athens, Turkey’s outspoken opponent within the Jap Mediterranean.

For these functions, an “ostensibly pleasant” go to was organized by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Washington, the place the Greek politician not solely met with US President Joe Biden, but in addition addressed each homes of Congress on the invitation of Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It’s noteworthy that over the previous 40 years, overseas leaders have obtained such an invite solely 70 instances.

On Could 12, on the eve of this go to, the Greek Parliament ratified a protection cooperation settlement with the USA that gives for the creation of 4 new American army services along with the 4 US army bases already working in Greece.

In an obvious favor to the White Home, throughout his go to to the USA Kyriakos Mitsotakis declared his dedication to make Greece “a key ally of the USA on the southeastern flank of NATO,” and launched a diplomatic offensive towards Turkey, accusing Ankara of making issues for the North Atlantic Alliance and main safety threats within the Jap Mediterranean.

On the identical time, quite a lot of observers famous that “Sleepy Joe” was in notably excessive spirits, demonstrating in each doable manner that for him, Greece was not only a nation, however part of his life. The top of the White Home spoke about his shut ties with the Greek diaspora in America. “I wish to joke that I’m often called Joe Bidenopoulos within the Greek-American group in Delaware,” the US President stated.

It’s also noteworthy that Washington’s show of this “pleasant rapprochement with Greece” befell on the eve of Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s go to to the American capital.

In the course of the discussions held in Washington with the Greek prime minister such painful points for Ankara because the joint American-Greek actions on the naval base in Souda Bay on Crete, which Mitsotakis known as the “diamond within the crown” of wonderful bilateral army relations, have been actively raised in public.

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Per the Greek TV channel Skai, Kyriakos Mitsotakis moreover confirmed the US president Turkey’s so-called “Blue Homeland” map, in keeping with which Turkey owns a major a part of the continental shelf and water space within the Aegean Sea below the jurisdiction of different nations.

“Everybody understands that expansionism and revisionism haven’t any place in an more and more complicated world panorama,” a Greek authorities supply quoted by AMNA stated after the assembly on the White Home.

In a US-led data marketing campaign put forth by Bloomberg, frankly focused data started to flow into about Turkey’s alleged readiness to just accept the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO in alternate for the provision of F-16 plane, an choice to hitch this system for the manufacturing of F-35 Lightning fighters and having restrictions on the acquisition of S-400 anti-aircraft missile techniques from Russia being lifted.

But, this portion of the data marketing campaign promoted by Washington relating to Ankara’s alleged curiosity within the US F-35 Lightning fighters raises severe doubts. Particularly towards the backdrop of elevated criticism of the F-35 program, which has been slammed for greater than a decade, and the Pentagon not having issued permission for the full-scale manufacturing of those fighters.

And much more so as a result of, in keeping with reviews from specialised American army media shops, the US Congress is now going to fully halt their buy.

Clearly, Turkey and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan have repeatedly proven their independence from the affect of Washington or different exterior actors. There is no such thing as a doubt that such an unbiased coverage by Ankara will proceed.

As for the assorted exhortations and commitments by the US in alternate for helpful insurance policies from different nations, everyone seems to be already properly conscious, together with Turkey itself, of the entire incapability to barter with present US political circles, who can at any second even reject worldwide treaties for their very own egocentric functions.

Vladimir Platov, professional on the Center East, solely for the web journal “New Jap Outlook”.