Putin And Erdogan Drifting Away From The West

 

Political and economic developments in the European Union, Turkey and Russia are cumulatively aiding Russian President Vladimir Putin to become an ascending star in the international firmament. In an unexpected twist, the supporting actor in this dramatic ascent is Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a former staunch critic of the Kremlin in the Syrian civil war who is now aligned with Putin in hostility towards the EU.

The rise of right-wing populism in the EU – Brexit, improved performance by Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom in the 15 March Dutch general election, and the lead position of the National Front’s Marine Le Pen in French opinion polls – is a contributory element. Another is the refugee crisis which has widened the base of Europe’s rightwing parties. Though less severe now than in 2015, the present quiescent state of the refugee crisis depends on Erdogan’s good will. By closing Turkish borders with neighboring Greece, he drastically reduced the refugee influx into the EU. Equally, he could reverse his decision and revive the crisis. Continue reading

Erdogan’s purge may give Nato no choice but to expel Turkey from the alliance

Ironically, as written about two days before the ‘coup’, this could be the icing on the cake for Turkey’s swing towards America’s enemies. It wants out of NATO and is engineering crisis as a means to an end. It’s not to say that the coup was an ‘inside job’, because we don’t know 100% for sure, but what it’s doing in the aftermath brings us to the logical conclusion that it has very little (if none) respect for any Western nations. It wants to align itself with the Russian-Chinese-Iranian axis.

Turkey is also kissing up to the Assad regime in Syria, which has a mutual defense pact with Iran. If you befriend one, you get both. And as we now know, Iran is supporting everything Turkey’s megalomaniac leader is doing to consolidate power in the ‘coup’ aftermath.

 

Ever since Turkey joined Nato in 1952, its membership has been viewed as a vital bulwark in the defence of Europe against threats emanating from Russia and the Arab world.

During the Cold War, the fact that American bombers could be flying over the former Soviet Union within an hour of take-off from their Turkish bases meant the other alliance members were unswerving in the commitment to keep Turkey in Nato.

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Poroshenko warns of deteriorating security

Ukraine’s President Poroshenko has warned of that the increased threat of large-scale hostilities by Russian terrorist groups requires additional measures to ensure defense.

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said that NATO membership must be incorporated into the country’s national security plan.

“Our security strategy must ensure the opportunity of NATO membership in the future. We must finally return this important component to the given document,” the head of state said Wednesday at a meeting of The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, which is holding discussions regarding the draft National Security Strategy and additional measures on ensuring the defense capacity of the state. Continue reading

Russia threatens to nuke Danish ships

Envoy offers harsh warning to Scandinavian country currently mulling NATO membership

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Russia’s ambassador to Denmark has said Moscow could send nuclear missiles against ships from the Scandinavian NATO country if it joins the alliance’s missile defense system.

Ambassador Mikhail Vanin’s comments, published in newspaper Jyllands-Posten Saturday, prompted an angry response from Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard. Continue reading

NATO warns that Russia could exert control over entire Black Sea

Which is precisely one of the main reasons why Russia took Crimea from Ukraine, and quite possibly the rest of Ukraine soon. They are pushing an area access denial strategy in the region. This was mentioned in a previous post. Although they can apparently shut off U.S. Navy ships off like a TV, they still need the land grabs to project power. Meanwhile, Western powers merely sit back, warn and send the usual non-weapon supplies along with hollow promises of protection. Because of this, Russia smells blood and will likely continue.

 

NATO’s top military commander has warned that Russian militarisation of the annexed Crimea Peninsula could be used to exert control over the whole Black Sea.

NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, US General Philip Breedlove, has accused Russia of keeping forces in Ukraine to help separatists, and has expressed fears that Russia may be marshalling resources to push for more territory.

“The capabilities that are being installed in Crimea will bring an effect on almost the entire Black Sea,” General Breedlove said. Continue reading

Scottish independence: Scottish government officials meet with Nato

A meeting was held last month between Scottish government officials and Nato to discuss membership of the alliance in the event of independence.

The talks were held at Nato’s headquarters in Brussels. Continue reading

Colombia heads toward NATO membership

BOGOTA : Colombia’s defense ministry later this month will sign a cooperation agreement with NATO, in hopes of joining the international military alliance, President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday.

“In June, NATO will sign an agreement with the Colombian government, with  the Defense Ministry, to start a process of rapprochement and cooperation, with  an eye toward also joining that organization,” Santos said at a military  promotion ceremony. Continue reading