NATO, Turkey must reaffirm partnership for mutual security – Turkish diplomat

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Turkey is increasingly perceived as a liability by its allies in the North American Treaty Organisation.


Its contribution to its allies’ defence and security, however, should not be underestimated, and it is in both sides interests to preserve and strengthen the partnership, wrote former Turkish Ambassador to the United Kingdom Ünal Çeviköz.

Turkey’s recent subordination of foreign policy to domestic political goals, as well as its drift towards Russia, have been sources of great concern for Turkey’s NATO allies, wrote Çeviköz for the independent security organisation European Leadership Network.

These issues have been particularly exacerbated by the complicated and dangerous situation in neighbouring Syria and Iraq. The development of the conflicts in these countries left Turkey vulnerable to infiltration by terrorist groups, wrote the former ambassador.

Added to this, differing objectives in Syria have caused heightened tension between Turkey and the United States, which has come to rely on Kurdish groups such as the People’s Protection Units (YPG) which Turkey regards as a severe threat.

This, in turn, has pushed Turkey further away from the Atlantic alliance and towards Russia, from whom it has agreed to but S-400 air defence missile systems in a highly controversial deal.

However, “Turkey’s contribution to Euro-Atlantic defence and security cannot be underestimated.” wrote Çeviköz. “Therefore, it is necessary to reaffirm the terms of this mutually reinforcing allied relationship.”

Failure to do so, the diplomat warns, “will only benefit NATO’s enemies and make the long-standing collective defence of its members vulnerable.”

Ahval



Tags: Turkey   NATO  



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NATO, Turkey must reaffirm partnership for mutual security – Turkish diplomat

2018/03/1521270803.jpg
Read: 1034     16:16     17 March 2018    

Turkey is increasingly perceived as a liability by its allies in the North American Treaty Organisation.


Its contribution to its allies’ defence and security, however, should not be underestimated, and it is in both sides interests to preserve and strengthen the partnership, wrote former Turkish Ambassador to the United Kingdom Ünal Çeviköz.

Turkey’s recent subordination of foreign policy to domestic political goals, as well as its drift towards Russia, have been sources of great concern for Turkey’s NATO allies, wrote Çeviköz for the independent security organisation European Leadership Network.

These issues have been particularly exacerbated by the complicated and dangerous situation in neighbouring Syria and Iraq. The development of the conflicts in these countries left Turkey vulnerable to infiltration by terrorist groups, wrote the former ambassador.

Added to this, differing objectives in Syria have caused heightened tension between Turkey and the United States, which has come to rely on Kurdish groups such as the People’s Protection Units (YPG) which Turkey regards as a severe threat.

This, in turn, has pushed Turkey further away from the Atlantic alliance and towards Russia, from whom it has agreed to but S-400 air defence missile systems in a highly controversial deal.

However, “Turkey’s contribution to Euro-Atlantic defence and security cannot be underestimated.” wrote Çeviköz. “Therefore, it is necessary to reaffirm the terms of this mutually reinforcing allied relationship.”

Failure to do so, the diplomat warns, “will only benefit NATO’s enemies and make the long-standing collective defence of its members vulnerable.”

Ahval



Tags: Turkey   NATO