US agency: Erdogan's provocation of problems cannot go without punishment

Bloomberg American agency said that the time has come for NATO to deal with the tricks of Turkey, where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated last week that his controversial plan to buy a Russian missile defense system is a "finished deal", despite the US warning that the deal may enable Russia to access NATO's air defense secrets.

In an article by its editor, the Bloomberg agency noted that this danger, which threatens NATO's military secrets, should not be underestimated as the Russian S-400 defense system can drop NATO's jets, and Moscow engineers are expected to help their Turkish counterparts in operating the system and transferring technology once the purchase is completed.

In this context, Russia can obtain sensitive information and secrets related to US technology, especially those used in the F-35, Turkey is involved in manufacturing parts of it.

The agency added, "In addition to being a serious threat, this decision to complete the deal defeats itself completely. The United States stopped F-35 shipments to Turkey although Turkish companies were planning to produce about $ 12 billion Dollars of spare parts for the jet, while the Turkish Air Force plans to buy about 100 F-35 fighter jets. Ankara has also rejected a generous American offer of similar Patriot missiles, helping to avert the potential chaos as a whole.

The US agency noted that Erdogan's getting to the Russian offer is less about security reasons than the perception that Turkey heavily depends on Western military and economic support, which led to frustration, which compounded with increasing American and European criticism of his increasingly authoritarian rule.

According to Bloomberg, Erdogan has indulged among all NATO leaders in a hostile anti-Western rhetoric to the extent that he accuses NATO member states of trying to topple his government. He seems to believe that NATO will not take punitive action against repeated ill-will due to considerations of Turkey's historical importance in the face of NATO's biggest security concerns, which include Russian expansion and extremist terrorism.

Erdogan's sense of Turkey's centrality has been amplified. In contrast to being a bulwark against Russia, Ankara has deepened its economic and security ties with Moscow under Erdogan's leadership. But did not exceed their efforts in the fight against terrorism.

The agency believes that NATO must now prove that collective security of the Alliance is more important than the narrow calculations of one member. Turkey must be barred from participating in the F-35 manufacturing program, which would be a joy for other NATO members to be replaced by, and to buy the fighter jet as well.

Donald Trump's administration must also impose sanctions, as it did last year when China bought Russian fighter jets and missile systems.

The agency also pointed out that if Erdogan went ahead regardless of all these steps, the Alliance must be ready to reduce the role of Turkey in any joint military activity. If necessary, the United States can follow Germany's example and withdraw from the Incirlik air base, especially with the Jordanian Air Force as a possible alternative.

For his part, Erdogan should realize that NATO membership has served Turkey's military, political and economic interests well for nearly seven decades. Despite his rhetoric, he must be aware that the alternative to NATO means more dependence on Russia, which is certainly an undesirable result of a leader seeking a geopolitical independence.

Membership of the Western Alliance is the best option for Turkey. But it requires respect for the collective concerns of the Alliance and needs Erdogan to show his keenness on it.

(T/S)

ANHA 


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