Erdogan seeks the Aegean as a ‘reward’ from the West – Is the end of NATO coming?
ATHENS, (BM) – What is the hidden plan of the Turkish president with everything he has been doing for months in Greek region? There is a lot of information now that Erdogan after the failed coup of 2016 holds the US responsible and is moving at full speed to withdraw from the alliance moving in an autonomous course.
This issue was also covered by the big American newspaper, the WSJ, which is published under the headline “Erdogan really threatens a NATO ally in the Mediterranean”, referring to Erdogan’s provocative statements against France and Greece, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Pentapostagma.
The Americans were late but it seems they are now actively dealing with the growing tension between Greece and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. Newspapers, magazines and websites now frequently report on Ankara’s threats to the EU, France, the US, Greece and the Mediterranean countries.
However, the American newspaper pointed out that in the Eastern Mediterranean, what is called NATO may “die”, at least as we knew it until today, and this rang a “bell” in Washington.
The newspaper began by stating that the issue of the continental shelf and territorial waters in the Aegean as the main causes of the crisis between Greece and Turkey, which tends to turn into a conflict.
The article considers that the “crisis” between Greeks and Turks started long before Erdogan came to power and will probably continue after him.
The WSJ claims that the growing tension in the last period is due to the very aggressiveness of the Turkish president. “Both sides also have legitimate allegations, but Ankara is trying to legitimize them with nationalist rhetoric and bad behavior”.
Under the Erdogan government, Turkey, using the advantages of relations with the West, began rapprochement with Russia. NATO member Turkey, although strategically important in the Black Sea region for the West, is very aggressive.
For this relationship, Ankara is said to be asking for some kind of reward, blackmailing and intimidating another allied country such as Greece in this way, demanding the tolerance of the United States.
If Erdogan uses violence or threatens to send refugees to Europe, Washington and Brussels must work together to counter him. The media attention to President Trump’s tweets and his approach based on the logic of a dubious “foreign policy” has all the time allowed Turkey to do what it does in the region. “However, the Eastern Mediterranean could bring an end to NATO as we know it,” the American newspaper writes, among other things.
“If Greece pulls the trigger, it will be the end of NATO,” said Turkish Admiral T. Gurdeniz, implying that Turkey would withdraw from the military alliance [and either join the Eurasian Union or remain independent with the latter].
We think that Erdogan is seeking to disengage from NATO from 2016, and remain autonomous to implement his plans to annex territories in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Armenia and the Aegean, all the rest is just wishful thinking.
His plan is backed by at least 70% of today’s Turkey, which considers the West, and especially the United States, “infected” and a major enemy of the country, according to opinion polls, while nurturing at least two generations of Turks alongside extremist Islamist ideology.
France wants sanctions for Turkey because of military threats against Greece
The French Foreign Minister seems to be accusing Erdogan as he puts pressure on the European Council to impose measures on Turkey as we reported on September 6.
“The extent of the measures to be taken against Turkey” is expected to be the main topic of European Council discussions later this month, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said today as Ankara continued its provocative attitude towards in Greece and Cyprus.
He said that he and his counterparts from other EU countries have discussed this issue, while the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, has mentioned the possibility of imposing sanctions on Ankara, but so far the Paris has failed to persuade other countries in the bloc to adopt the same strict stance.
Lendrian called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to start talks on his plans for the Eastern Mediterranean from now until the European Council convenes on September 24th and 25th.
“It is up to the Turks to show that this issue can be discussed. If this is done, we can create a virtuous circle for all the problems at the table,” Lendrian told France Inter radio.
While refusing to specify the type of sanctions that Ankara may face, the French minister said that “there is a whole series of measures”.
“We have a lot of options and he knows it,” he said, referring to Erdogan. As it turns out, France is waging a road race to persuade other countries to support Greece by imposing sanctions on Ankara.
Unlike EU officials who say the goal is not sanctions but dialogue between Greece and Turkey – even without de-escalation from Ankara – France talks about discussing the “scope” of sanctions, as their imposition after Erdogan’s provocations is something that the European Union should take for granted.
Israel is standing by Athens
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on August 13 that his country is looking very seriously at any act of aggression being carried out in the Eastern Mediterranean region, regardless of which party did it, including Turkey.
Netanyahu published a new tweet on Thursday, in which he clarified that he had received the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias.
The Israeli premier said that his country is standing by Athens, in light of the crisis between Turkey and Greece in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Israeli Prime Minister pointed out that the visit by Dendias to Israel is another expression of the important friendship between his country and Greece, noting that the bilateral relations are expanding on the common geopolitical interests.
Turkey has previously sent a seismic research ship to the disputed area in the eastern Mediterranean, in a move that prompted Greece to raise its alert levels, while the mission aims to explore for potential oil and gas deposits south of the Greek island of Kastellorizo.
The Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, called for a meeting with army leaders on Monday, after Turkey issued an international maritime warning, known as “Naftex”.
Erdogan statement: Turkey is ready for anything, including consequences in the Mediterranean
Turkey is “ready for all possibilities and consequences”. These are the words of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which he said on September 6 at the opening of a new hospital in Istanbul.
With these words, Erdogan was referring to the difficult and difficult relations in recent months with Greece over their dispute over energy resources in the Mediterranean.
According to the Turkish president, the country “has the political, economic and military power to break away from the immoral cards” imposed over the years by other polytheists.
We remind you that Turkey is currently opening several fronts. Turkey is actively involved in joint patrols with Russia in the Syrian province of Idlib, but at the same time she is trying to oppose the PKK troops, whom Erdogan describes as terrorists.
Erdogan is currently paying mercenaries, mostly from Syria, to wage war on his behalf and in support of the Libyan Government of national accord [GNA] against insurgent Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are backed by lawmakers in Benghazi. Behind Haftar is the entire Libyan national army [LNA].
Turkey also intervened in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, conducting several exercises with the Azeris and sending military equipment to help them. At the same time, Russia is doing exactly the same thing, but in aid of Armenia.
Egypt warned Turkey: We’re military power, and Greece is important
Egypt and Greece signed a maritime demarcation agreement last week in a development that has broad economic and mainly geopolitical and defense significance,” a major Cairo newspaper reported on August 12.
More than a dozen rounds of negotiations took place before the signing of the agreement demarcating the maritime border between Egypt and Greece on August 6, which defines the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between the two countries.
“The agreement is important for Greece and Egypt,” explained Egyptian oil expert Ramad Aboul-Ella.
“It could also mean exploiting new gas fields, after the Zohr one that was discovered in 2015. This is particularly important as there are those who want to ‘soil’ our financial waters,” Abul-Ela said. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who “wants to stick his nose where it does not belong” underlines.
“First, he [Erdogan – ed.] is an invader in northern Syria and Iraq and now he is pirate in the Mediterranean,” he said, echoing the general view that prevails in Egypt about R.T. Erdogan.
Kremlin’s ‘silence’ is deafening
The Russian media make extensive reference to the Greek-Turkish crisis. At the same time, however, the Kremlin’s “silence” is deafening. That was reported earlier at the Greek newspaper Pentapostagma on August 14.
The Kremlin has reportedly said it is in no hurry to take an official position on the issue, as it is an intra-Native affair and no Russian intervention has been requested from either country.
Of course, this crisis benefits Russia. There is also “silence” from NATO-US, which so far have not taken a stand against the Turkish provocations.
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