NZZ: Turkey again is a confrontation within NATO

Turkey showed the rest of the NATO ultimatum, writes the Neue Zürcher Zeitung: while the Alliance does not recognize the Kurdish people’s protection Units and the Kurdistan workers ‘ party terrorist organization, Ankara will block the approval of plans for defense of the Eastern FLAhectares of NATO. In addition, over the weekend, Ankara has announced the purchase of additional s-400: thus, Turkey continues the policy of confrontation within NATO, concludes the publication.

NZZ: Турция снова идёт на конфронтацию внутри НАТО

ReutersНа the last NATO summit in London, Turkey refused to”back down”, writes the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Over the weekend Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara will purchase a few Russian s-400. Furthermore, Turkey opposed the publication of a new plan to protect the Eastern flank of NATO until the Alliance does not recognize the Kurdish people’s protection Units and the Kurdistan workers ‘ party terrorist organizations.

These statements imply that within NATO Ankara continues to confront, the newspaper writes. During the London summit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg organized the joint talks between Turkey, Poland and the Baltic countries: after Stoltenberg insisted that the conflict is settled. According to the official position of Ankara, while the Alliance will not accept the defensive plans of Turkey, including the threat posed by the Kurdish people’s protection Units, the Turkish side will block final approval of the plan for the defense of the Baltic countries and Poland. Turkey thinks of Kurdish power as a threat to their existence, while for the US the Kurds are important allies in the fight against Islamic terrorism. As noted by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, NATO members were surprised by the ultimatum Erdogan, because it included defensive plans: these are usually secret in nature and are not the subject of political “tug of war”. In addition, on the sidelines of the London summit Cavusoglu said that Turkey has purchased Russian s-400, only after many years of unsuccessfully trying to agree on the supply of the American Patriot air defense system. However, Washington denied that the U.S. side has refused Turkey in the purchase of Patriot. Also us Secretary of defense mark Esper assured that the US will never assist in the creation of “an Autonomous Kurdish state”.

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