Turkey Breaks With NATO, Refuses To Expel Russians

Authored by Jim Carey via GeopoliticsAlert.com,

Following the alleged March 4th alleged Russian poisoning of Sergei Skripal, an ex-double agent in the UK, several European countries and the US have begun ejecting Russian diplomats from their countries. With both the UK and US each ejecting dozens of diplomats, it stands to reason that every other NATO country would follow suit.

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However, several European Union members have yet to follow London’s lead. One important NATO country isn’t bowing to western Russophobia: Turkey.

Despite calls from the UK for all of their allies to stand with them in “punishing Russia” they have failed to convince many of their fellow EU members, Israel, and Turkey to follow their suggestions. While there isn’t much London can do to their fellow European states, and obviously, they can’t criticize Israel; tension between Turkey and the EU has reached a point where it’s fashionable to demonize Ankara.

Both the US and UK often pander to Turkey due to the country’s strategic location and their control of the second largest military in NATO. This, however, has become much more difficult in recent months due to the increasingly authoritarian governance of the country leading to arrests of western employees, global kidnappings, and blatant defiance of international law.

This tense relationship between Turkey and the EU was on full display yesterday as Turkish President Recep Erdogan met with EU leaders about his nation’s prospects of joining the bloc. Predictably, no new results were achieved between Brussels and Ankara. This allows Erdogan to go back to turkey and play the victim, likely in anticipation of this announcement on Russia, which he will probably frame as ‘retaliation.’

Tensions between NATO and Turkey have also increased following the recent decision by Ankara to purchase Russian-made S-400 anti-air missile systems rather than the US Patriot missiles. According to Turkey the decision for this purchase was due to the vast amount of red tape around the purchase of the Patriot systems (although, they may have dodged a bullet as the Patriots have recently shown to be ineffective).

The Turks have also found themselves quarreling with the US over their support for the Kurds in northern Syria. According to Ankara (and some high level US officials) the Syrian Kurdish group’s armed by the US have very public connections to the terrorist group, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Combine all these factors and it shouldn’t be surprising to hear the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Bekir Bozdag announce that “Turkey isn’t considering taking any decisions against Russia.” According to Bozdag, the current crises in US-Turkish relations is a large factor in their decision not to alienate Moscow at a time when “there is a positive and good relationship between Turkey and Russia.”

While nobody can be sure what to believe coming from the Turks, Erdogan also confirmed the decision to not retaliate against Russia although he “condemns what happened in the UK and regards the use of chemical weapons as a crime against humanity.”

Comments

SWRichmond Scar Bro Fri, 03/30/2018 - 09:00 Permalink

Turkey has no choice.  Russia will navigate the Bosphorus.  In a war Turkey would have the international right to refuse navigation of the Bosphorus by enemies.  There are no circumstances under which Russia would allow this denial.  Admitting Turkey into NATO was a stupid ploy and a mistake.  The Ukrainian coup was a mistake.  When push came to shove Turkey had to side with Russia.  Did anyone really not know this?  This is being conducted so stupidly I am forced to believe that Susan Rice is still National Security advisor.

Crimea, the warm water Naval Base at Sevastopol, and access to the Mediterranean by navigation of the Bosphorus are absolutely essential for Russia's military and economic health.  The West knows this, Turkey knows this, and of course Putin knows this.

 

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BrownCoat SWRichmond Fri, 03/30/2018 - 09:29 Permalink

Turkey moving into the Russia, China, Iran alliance is great news for the people of Western Europe. 

Now maybe the totalitarian EU elites will send the Turks living in Western Europe back to Turkey.
Then, if Assad declares victory, Western Europe can send all the so called refugees back to Syria (or whatever country they are really from). 

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BlindMonkey Adolph.H. Fri, 03/30/2018 - 08:30 Permalink

How many of the ones that have expelled are in on the gag, how many actually believe London and how many don't have a choice but to go along?

 

Now let's the this up a notch: the shooting war starts.  Are these same countries going to pony up troops to attack Russia?  I bet not.

 

Edit:  Has ZH commented on the Easter miracle yet?

On Wednesday there was a 1 in 99 chance of recovery:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/28/sergei-yulia-skripal-sl…

On Thursday Yulia is up and talking:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/29/yulia-skripal-no-longer…

 

Anybody not calling bullshit on this is a blind fool.

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veritas semper… dirty fingernails Fri, 03/30/2018 - 13:41 Permalink

There is no doubt whatsoever now that this false flag was organized by UK+US.  Just looking at the diplomats expelled is enough.

See what the Donald's state Department spokesperson,Heather Nauert said: The US does not need proof  of Russia's guilt. It knows that Russia has her tentacles in everything and US knows Russia is guilty . This is an international equivalent of "take their guns and ignore due process".

As for Turkey ,I am not surprised . I did say earlier:Turkey would leave NATO before excepting an armed Kurdistan on their S border. And I did not take into account the color revolution done by US /NATO to kill Erdogan.

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Greed is King BlindMonkey Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:18 Permalink

When the shooting starts Eastern Europe will be overrun, Germany will seek a peace treaty, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal will surrender as soon as war is declared, the Scandinavian countries will declare themselves neutral before war starts, Belgium and Holland will flee their countries for haven across the channel, and once again Britain will be left to fight alone. Help from America ?, no chance, America will have its hands full trying to fend off Russian, Chinese, Iranian, Turkish, Syrian and N.Korean invasions in S.Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the American mainlands West Coast; and that`s when it becomes deadly dangerous, as soon as America is invaded and knows it can`t win in a conventional war, it will fire its nukes, game over, end of days for us all !!.

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BarkingCat BlindMonkey Fri, 03/30/2018 - 10:18 Permalink

It doesn't matter if those countries do not supply troops to attack Russia. They are still part of the gang that attacked and will suffer the consequences. 

Let's say for example that Italy does not supply any troops. US has military bases in Italy and will certainly utilize them. Unless the Italians revolt and actually kick out those troops, they will still have to be targeted, even to simply disrupt supply lines.

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east of eden BlindMonkey Fri, 03/30/2018 - 11:27 Permalink

Turkey has a standing army of 750K, plus 650 F-16 jets, plus nuclear weapons. They have the capacity for more than doubling their land forces, and, they have the very latest in howitzers (courtesy of the Germans), main battle tanks and now, S-400's protecting the Bosphorous Straits. Is the US and Israehell up for it? I doubt it.

As long as Turkey holds, the Israehelli's aren't going anywhere. And Turkey will hold, the Russians have guaranteed it.

Check. Mate.

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OverTheHedge Adolph.H. Fri, 03/30/2018 - 08:35 Permalink

 

" to convince many of their fellow EU members, Israel, and Turkey to follow their suggestions."

Seems to make sense to me. If you changed "Israel, and Turkey" to "Israel, or Turkey", it might scan better but try "to convince many of their fellow EU members, and in addition Israel and Turkey".

No need to denigrate the author, just because he mentioned Israel and Turkey in the same sentence. To be fair, in the UK that would probably be anti-Semitic.

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BobEore Adolph.H. Fri, 03/30/2018 - 08:52 Permalink

Well. most of these 'out o the box' anal-systs' know how to 'read'... but they write with a paycheck in mind.

When I saw the name 'Jim Carey' it all became clear at last!

These PUTIE/ERDO/ranREBBE pushers are all comedy writers! It's not only clear now how an impossible narrative...

the totalitarian TERROR GANG and their Master Cylinder control in el Aviv are fun loving peaceniks with a mission to save us all from the

he hehe... Nanglo-Sionist Empire...

can be made to work as a tongue in cheek satire which simply sails over the heads of it's intended audience...

but the adjoining jolly good joke... that some how Trimp is still 'playing chess' instead of jus 'payin for his mess'...is a gut buster extraordinaire.

Kudos to "Jim" and his gang o jokesters!*

*but prolly best if somebody breaks it to Pepe and CPR gently... they appear to have gotten hopelessly attached to their fake storylines!

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east of eden ClickNLook Fri, 03/30/2018 - 11:30 Permalink

If you are incapable of seeing fucking reality, then, that's your problem. Don't make it everyone else's problem. The US, the greatest war monger and threat thrower on the planet, could not even defeat a peasant army in Vietnam.

And by the way, for all you fuckwad Americunts that think Vietnam 'will fight on our side against China', think again. Why would a country that lost 3.5 Million people, murdered by Americans, ever ally with you? If you think they will, you are just as fucking insane as you were in 1964.

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cbaba Adolph.H. Fri, 03/30/2018 - 09:10 Permalink

Now you know who gives (useless) NATO plans to mother Russia and Iran. 

 

Not necessarily, Greece is also a Nato member and always sides with Russia, much more than Turkey, the reason is the Greeks and Russians are both Orthodox Christians. Same can be said for Serbia and Cyprus although they are not Nato members.

Greeks do not like Turks since Ottoman empire invaded Greece for some 600 years and they live in a constant fear that some day this may happen again, when Greeks poke Turkey ( could be either dog fight in Aegean Sea, Cyprus issues or other), Russia always sides with Greece. 

 

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OliverAnd cbaba Fri, 03/30/2018 - 12:36 Permalink

Greece has yet to make a decision on the topic as the jounalist that discovered the trail of money laundering in Malta has information about the murdered Russian spy. She was close friends with his daughter. Unknown individuals are threatening her children and Greek husband. 

Cyprus is part of NATO. As for Greeks siding with Russia you are wrong. Greeks side with Russians but not Russia. Russia has betrayed Greece numerous times. The Turks committed genocide against the Greeks in the early 1900's buying Russian weapons. In addition the Ottoman's occupied Greece from 1453 to approximately 1821, or roughly 400 years. Of course Konstantinopke continues to be occupied and added to this is 40% of Cyprus since 1974.

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OliverAnd serotonindumptruck Fri, 03/30/2018 - 11:30 Permalink

PKK are terrorists? Only for Turks because Kurdistan includes a chunk of Turkey.

However since we are on the topic of terrorism let us see Turkey's involvement:

1. Erdogan's party is directly linked to the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

2. Erdogan has a coalition with the infamous terror group Grey Wolves known to have murdered hundreds of people. 

3. Turkey has supported ISIS and Al Qaeda through training, arming and other services by buying stolen Syrian and Iraqi oil. They almost single handedly caused the civil war in Syria.

4. Turkey is commiting genocide in Afrin against Kurds. In addition they have been for some time been cleansing southeastern Turkey from the local Kurdish populations.

5. Turkish support of Muslim terrorist cells in Albania, Kosovo, Somalia and other nations.

6. Constant provocation towards its neighbors, including Greece and Cyprus. In fact they have been occupying about 40% of Cyprus for nearly 45 years.

Who is the terrorist Turkey?

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Demologos OliverAnd Fri, 03/30/2018 - 12:40 Permalink

Most of that may be true, but Erdogan started taking a different path after Obama's attempted coup. Putin saved his skin probably because the dictator who would have replaced Erdogan was guaranteed to be a US/EU/NATO puppet. The old saying goes something like, "He is a son-of-a-bitch, but he's our son-of-a-bitch". Well, perhaps no more. Coup 2.0 might be coming to a continent-straddling former ally sooner than later.

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